Editor´s Blog

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015 Part 3

    by Dave Mance III | April 3rd 2015
    There’s still an element of magic in sugaring, still plenty of things we don’t understand. Take how weather relates to a run. The book says…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015 Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | March 20th 2015
    So we got our first run the end of last week, and made our first syrup on March 14. That was also the day we…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015

    by Dave Mance III | March 6th 2015
    We usually start tapping our sugarwoods around February 1. This year it was five below zero that morning, and so there was no rush getting…

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    Objectivity

    by Dave Mance III | February 20th 2015
    One of the biggest criticisms of the media these days is that it’s objective to a fault. Consider the flack some editors have taken recently…

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    A Sleepy Owl, and a New Web Feature

    by Elise Tillinghast | February 5th 2015
    This winter, a barred owl has been loitering around my house. My husband arbitrarily declared it a male (there’s no easy way to sex an…

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    A Glorious January Day

    by Dave Mance III | January 22nd 2015
    If you were to describe deep, January cold to someone who’d never experienced it before, you might point out that you can hear it. Get…

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    Quiz Winners Announced

    by Elise Tillinghast | January 8th 2015
    Editors Dave Mance and Patrick White are holed up in their offices this week, working away on final drafts for the Northern Woodlands spring issue.…

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    A Good Winter

    by Dave Mance III | December 24th 2014
    On the seventh of December, men stood in the garage and said: “Yep, snow before Pearl Harbor Day; it’s gonna be a good winter.”  Then,…

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    Elephants in the Northeast

    by Dave Mance III | December 12th 2014
    I went through a wicked dinosaur phase in my pre-teen years, and was convinced that if my future as an NFL quarterback didn’t materialize I’d…

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    Fish and Wildlife Funding

    by Dave Mance III | November 25th 2014
    My old boss Walter Medwid recently published this op-ed raising the issue of Fish and Wildlife funding in Vermont. It’s a wonky issue, I’ll grant…

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    Camp is Calling

    by Dave Mance III | November 13th 2014
    Vermont's deer rifle season opens Saturday, which means our editor was distracted all week at work before finally disappearing Thursday night. Why the early start?…

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    Alcohol and Machinery Don’t Mix

    by Patrick White | October 30th 2014
    The lab (okay, garage) here at Northern Woodlands was the scene last week of some high-tech testing. Using the latest in scientific hardware – a…

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    Day by Day

    by Dave Mance III | October 16th 2014
    As I write this I’m listening to a tractor trailer back up to the office; it’s here to deliver the first shipment of our new…

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    On Writing and Woodworking

    by Dave Mance III | October 2nd 2014
    “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is...For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things…

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    Log Cabin Lessons Part 3

    by Dave Mance III | September 19th 2014
    Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom recently adopted a new advertising slogan that urges visitors to “Embrace a Change of Pace.” If I were the ad exec I…

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    Should Vermont Require Licenses For Foresters?

    by Dave Mance III | September 4th 2014
    There’s this recurring debate every election cycle about whether we need more or less government in our lives. And it’s never going to end because…

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    Nature By Bike

    by Patrick White | August 22nd 2014
    As I crested the hill, I raised my head and hit the brakes. Standing in the road just 40 feet in front of me was…

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    Cleaning Skulls

    by Dave Mance III | August 8th 2014
    If you’re into nature, you may also be into skulls. And if you’re into skulls, you’ve probably struggled with skull processing. To do it right…

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    Safety First in the Forest

    by Dave Mance III | July 24th 2014
    If you find the sight of blissful ignorance in the face of near-death entertaining – and I think in this case most of you will…

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    We’re All Ears

    by Elise Tillinghast | July 11th 2014
    One of the hazards of working at Northern Woodlands is that people are constantly asking you tricky nature questions. There I’ll be, happily moseying along…