Editor’s Blog

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    Little White Sac Discovery

    by Elise Tillinghast | July 18th 2018
    Recently I found something odd in the grass, and so of course I took it inside to examine under the kitchen microscope. I thought it…

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    A Swimming Hole in the Woods

    by Dave Mance III | July 6th 2018
    The truck thermometer said 98 degrees in town – the hazy air thick enough you could chew it. By the time we turned off Route…

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    Claude G. Dern, One of a Kind

    by Patrick White | June 22nd 2018
    There’s been plenty said, and entire books written, about the importance of character. Any successful group, community, or society undoubtedly needs people of character in…

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    Words Matter

    by Dave Mance III | June 8th 2018
    Alternative reality has become something of an art form these days in Washington; a case in point that could affect the rural Northeast involves a…

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    Two Species or One?

    by Dave Mance III | May 24th 2018
    During morel season the south end of the kitchen counter gets commandeered: there’s a maple cutting board, brush, paring knife, bowl for trim, and the…

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    Roots

    by Dave Mance III | May 11th 2018
    We’re a generally rooted species – at least our contingent; the ones for whom place might be analogized to a limb that the body would…

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    Use It or Lose It

    by Dave Mance III | April 27th 2018
    I spent every afternoon with my infant daughter last May – it was both an act of love and a reflection of the childcare juggling…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 5

    by Dave Mance III | April 13th 2018
    So it never came back for us. It’s been perfect sap weather here for the last few weeks, but there’s been no sap coming out…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 4

    by Dave Mance III | March 30th 2018
    So the cumulative effect of the four March Nor’easters hit this area hard. Ten miles away from our Hall bush and 800 feet up in…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 3

    by Dave Mance III | March 15th 2018
    I ended my last update with an examination of the abnormally warm February weather we had, and what it meant for production. It subsequently got…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | March 2nd 2018
    Soon we’ll talk shop. But first, a typical early-season evening. It’s February 19, late afternoon, and I’m in the Hall bush, so named for the…

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 1

    by Dave Mance III | February 16th 2018
    In the old days, when most people were farmers, the deep cold months were spent working wood. Maybe you logged the back 40 for income,…

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    Freezing Time

    by Dave Mance III | February 2nd 2018
    The anchors on the early morning television news were discussing Groundhog Day this morning; the weatherman suggesting that the groundhog might see his shadow, the…

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    A Professor and a Practitioner

    by Dave Mance III | January 19th 2018
    Irwin Post, a longtime contributor and friend of the magazine, passed away last Sunday. Professionally speaking he held a lot of titles: forest engineer, consulting…

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    Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    by Dave Mance III | January 5th 2018
    Back in the late 1990s I had a friend who had a dog who hated Teletubbies – those large, fuzzy creatures that were part of…

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    Our Common Home

    by Dave Mance III | December 22nd 2017
    I was raised Catholic and followed the protocol closely up through Confirmation and into my teenage years before I lapsed. My current relationship with the…

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    ’Tis the Season

    by Patrick White | December 7th 2017
    It’s sales season on Christmas tree farms and, borrowing from Dave Mance’s “Dispatches from the Sugarwoods” that regularly appear in this space during the spring,…

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    Dispatch from Deer Camp, 2017

    by Dave Mance III | November 22nd 2017
    Hunting is portrayed idyllically by those who love it – you can see it here in this beautiful PR shot from the Fish and Wildlife…

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    How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    by Dave Mance III | November 10th 2017
    One of our regular magazine contributors sent me this email this week: An awful thing happened this weekend here in Plainfield. I was walking in…

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    Firewood Method

    by Dave Mance III | October 26th 2017
    It’s probably safe to assume that most readers of this magazine are well aware that firewood needs to be reasonably dry before it’s burned, and…