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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…

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    In Sight of the Property Line

    by Dave Mance III | April 24th 2009
    Blake Thomsen, a licensed land surveyor from Chelsea, Vermont, contacted the magazine with a request that we run a small blurb explaining to landowners why…

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    Let a Kid Take You Fishing

    by Dave Mance III | April 17th 2009
    It was Sunday morning, last Sunday morning, and dawn was just breaking in fishing camp. First there were birds singing in complete darkness: prophets? Cheerleaders?…

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    Ticks Revisited

    by Dave Mance III | April 2nd 2009
    Maple Sunday—March 29—was the last day of our maple sugaring season. The sap’s still running but the sugar content has dropped to the point where…

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    The Upside-down Tree

    by Virginia Barlow | March 27th 2009
    On a recent trip to East Africa I was swept off my feet by the baobob tree, as has happened to many other travelers. How…

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    The Business of the Environment

    by Steve Long | March 13th 2009
    I came across a recent story in The Oregonian (“Fall in wood products market redirects environmentalist strategy,” by Michael Milstein, December 20, 2008) talking about…

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    Sweet Expectations

    by Dave Mance III | March 6th 2009
    The 2009 season began in earnest last Friday. We had a small run in our southern Vermont sugarbush – enough to make the first syrup…

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    Cell Phone Reception in Rural Vermont

    by Stephen Long | February 20th 2009
    As far as I can tell, there is no cell phone reception anywhere in the Town of Corinth. Consequently, in the office and at home,…

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    Life in the Sugarbush

    by Dave Mance III | February 13th 2009
    In early summer, our main sugarbush is a lush, earthy place. Limestone knolls roll into soggy spring-fed depressions. Two-hundred year old maples loom – their…

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    by Virginia Barlow | February 6th 2009
    I don’t know anyone who knows the names of 18 kinds of snow, which, as legend has it, any Inuit can easily reel off at…

  • Employment Opportunity

    by Stephen Long | January 27th 2009
    Deputy Director The Center for Northern Woodlands Education seeks an experienced and talented full-time Deputy Director (DD) to work closely with the Executive Director (ED)…

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    Vermont Baitfish Regulations

    by Dave Mance III | January 23rd 2009
    The State of Vermont instituted new baitfish regulations in April 2008 to prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) to Vermont. Ice fisherman should…

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    A Little Bit Lost

    by Virginia Barlow | January 16th 2009
    When I was very young I used to scare the heck out of myself by getting lost in the woods near where we lived. Instead…

  • Selective Harvesting

    by Stephen Long | January 9th 2009
    Over the years in Northern Woodlands, we have revisited the subject of “selective cutting.” When loggers advertise their services, they often use the phrase, selective…

  • Captive Hunting in Vermont?

    by Dave Mance III | January 2nd 2009
    While browsing a newspaper recently, I was encouraged to read the headline: “State moves to regulate ‘captive hunting.’” It detailed the fact that after 10…

  • Happy New Year

    by Courtney Mahaney | January 1st 2009
    Happy New Year from Northern Woodlands!

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    Coal in My Stocking? Thanks!

    by Chuck Wooster | December 26th 2008
    A non-profit group in the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council, is making it possible for ordinary folks to do something proactive about global warming. For a…