Editor's Blog

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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.… Read More »

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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,… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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?… Read More »

  • Alcohol and Machinery Don’t Mix thumbnail

    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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

  • We’re All Ears thumbnail

    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… Read More »

  • Maine’s Great Bear Debate thumbnail

    Maine’s Great Bear Debate

    by Dave Mance III | June 27th 2014
    For those of you who aren’t following the battle to ban bear baiting in Maine, here’s a quick recap. The Humane Society of the United… Read More »

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    The Hiker

    by Dave Mance III | June 13th 2014
    Red and Georgia were sitting on the lip of a Long Trail lean-to together, while the rest of us were massed on a nearby picnic… Read More »

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    The Trinity plus Trout

    by Dave Mance III | May 28th 2014
    My partner and her son are both tech savvy, and both regard the fact that I’m a Luddite with amusement. They try to help me… Read More »

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    Touch

    by Dave Mance III | May 16th 2014
    Ask a teacher if touch is important in cognitive development and she’ll tell you yes, absolutely. There’s a whole discipline called kinesthetic learning devoted to… Read More »

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    Let a Kid Take You Fishing

    by Dave Mance III | May 2nd 2014
    Trout season opened recently in most of the Northeast, and in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share a fishing story in this… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2014 - Part 4 thumbnail

    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2014 - Part 4

    by Dave Mance III | April 18th 2014
    I think we left off right about the time the weather broke and the sap started flowing. Well, flow it did. In nine days, we… Read More »