Editor´s Blog

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    PTO-Driven Firewood Processors

    by Dave Mance III | October 2nd 2009
    As a thirty-something year old guy who came of age in the boom years of the 1990s, I’ve been bombarded with advertising pretty much since…

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    Tenho Saudades

    by Dave Mance III | September 24th 2009
    On calendars and on magazine covers, autumn is usually rendered glossy and exhilarating: the foliage always neon orange against azure skies, humans and their fall…

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    Bull Moose in the Newsroom

    by Dave Mance III | September 17th 2009
    If we could afford to do it, we’d make the Letters to the Editor section of the magazine 20 pages long. Our readers are the…

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    Choosing a Tree

    by Lora Nielsen | September 7th 2009
    Managing Editor Dave Mance is on vacation this week, so I hijacked his blog . . . -Lora Nielsen, Administrative Coordinator Our dog Ruby was…

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    Earning A View

    by Dave Mance III | August 31st 2009
    The trail up Burnt Rock Mountain in north-central Vermont is a consistently rugged scramble up exposed granite ledge, the kind that makes ribbons out of…

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    Congratulation to Young VT Writers!

    by Dave Mance III | August 24th 2009
    In honor of their 100-year anniversary, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FP&R) recently held a youth writing contest, where school-aged children were…

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    A Reservoir of History

    by Dave Mance III | August 17th 2009
    One of the best parts about having older fishing companions is that trips often double as history lessons. Last weekend one such lesson unfolded on…

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    New Spout Has Sugarmakers Talking

    by Dave Mance III | August 10th 2009
    Each year the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Association holds its annual Maplerama event – an excuse for sugarmakers from around the state to get together, talk…

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    Truck Diving Bear

    by Dave Mance III | August 3rd 2009
    When we tout the benefits of country living, safety is often at the top of the list. (“I never lock my doors!”) Break-ins and vandalism…

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    Wet Weather Wondering

    by Dave Mance III | July 28th 2009
    It’s been one of the cooler, wetter summers in memory, enough so that everyday banter about the weather seems even more ubiquitous than usual. A…

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    Thymelicus Lineola In the Fields

    by Dave Mance III | July 10th 2009
    We were on a gravel road that wound through a hayfield—just walking through, talking as we went. At first the butterflies were so tiny that…

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    Vermont’s Current Use Program

    by Dave Mance III | June 26th 2009
    Vermont’s Current Use Program is one of those rare pieces of legislation that garners high praise from both the left and right side of the…

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    Why Hire a Forester?

    by Dave Mance III | June 19th 2009
    So the other day a mass mailing went out to landowners in Corinth, Vermont from a timber harvest/tree removal company in New Hampshire. The company…

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    Sinkhole Mystery

    by Dave Mance III | June 12th 2009
    My friend E’s a barrel-chested logger who lives down in southwestern Vermont. He’s a tough hombre, as is anyone who makes their living cutting trees.…

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    What Should I Plant?

    by Dave Mance III | June 5th 2009
    My brother and his fiancé just built a log cabin home on a broomstick lot in southern Vermont. It was a bit of a nightmare…

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    Lynx and Logging

    by Dave Mance III | May 29th 2009
    The good news is that Canada Lynx are thriving in Maine. Hundreds of the leggy, snow-loving cats are breeding in the state’s vast north woods,…

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    The Early Garden

    by Dave Mance III | May 22nd 2009
    There’s something about the beginning of things; Bohemian poets are always reveling here: new lovers, fresh starts, changed perspectives. For those of us with underdeveloped…

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    Don’t Get Lost in Migration

    by Lora Nielsen | May 15th 2009
    As Charles W. Johnson began in our April 20, 2009 Outside Story article on biological clocks, “It is a magical time we anticipate for months…the…

  • Amelanchier By Any Other Name

    by Steve Long | May 8th 2009
    Our first showy tree blossoms of spring are popping out all around us now. Alternatively known as shadbush or serviceberry, assorted varieties of Amelanchier are…

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    Foraging for the Springtime Ramp

    by Dave Mance III | May 1st 2009
    While experienced foragers can make gourmet meals out of any number of wild plants – from cattail roots to stinging nettle leaves – most amateurs…