Editor’s Blog

  • 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…

  • Harvesting in Lean Times

    by Lora Nielsen | December 12th 2008
    Our Autumn 2008 issue features a beautiful photo essay on our forest friends building their food reserves for winter called “Harvesting in a Time of…

  • Vanishing Track

    by Dave Mance III | November 28th 2008
    I cut a mature buck track walking a scrape line opening weekend – a deer heavy enough that he left deep imprints in the soggy…

  • Illegal Logging

    by Stephen Long | November 21st 2008
    A few weeks back, The New Yorker ran a fascinating story on illegal logging, with a focus on the trade in stolen logs in China…

  • Salvaging a Word

    by Chuck Wooster | November 14th 2008
    One Friday afternoon this past July, a micro-burst hailstorm descended on our farm. I noticed right away that most of our vine crops had been…

  • Celebrating with Local Foods

    by Amy Peberdy | November 7th 2008
    On Oct. 28th, our staff, our publication partners, state agency exhibitors, and landowners celebrated our new Vermont version of The Place You Call Home. Folks…

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    The Place I Call Home

    by Lora Nielsen | October 31st 2008
    This past summer, my husband and I moved to Corinth, VT, from one of those flat cities to the south. I began working as the…

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    The Long and the Short of It

    by Virginia Barlow | October 24th 2008
    We’re all familiar with the impossibly loud blasts emitted by tiny spring peepers in March. But have you noticed that peepers peep again in early…

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    Daily versus Quarterly

    by Stephen Long | October 17th 2008
    Adrenalin is a beautiful thing. At Northern Woodlands, we are quite accustomed to the rhythms of a quarterly cycle. Four publications a year works just…

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    A Strange Idea of a Good Time

    by Dave Mance III | October 10th 2008
    My friend J was lucky enough to draw a Vermont moose tag last year; luckier still to take a strange-looking-but-in-a-good-way bull on the fourth day…

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    Going To Camp

    by Stephen Long | September 19th 2008
    We’ve received all sorts of feedback on Dave Mance’s story on hunting camps in the Autumn issue. One wrote that “I wanted the hunting camp…

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    Summer’s Descent

    by Dave Mance III | September 4th 2008
    There’s that moment, when you’re riding on a Ferris wheel, when the gondola you’re riding in pauses at the circle’s highest point. The engine stops…

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    Along the Way

    by Virginia Barlow | August 29th 2008
    During summer trips to visit family, from home in Vermont to Connecticut, and then from home to Maine and back, I’ve been checking out a…

  • Shrine to Conservation

    by Stephen Long | August 21st 2008
    Last Saturday, I went down to Woodstock for the 10th anniversary celebration of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. The event was also the unveiling of their…

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    Renting the Splitter

    by Chuck Wooster | August 14th 2008
    We rented a hydraulic splitter last week for processing firewood. It was the first time I’d ever used one. The task at hand was a…

  • Notes from the New Guy

    by Dave Mance III | July 18th 2008
    Hi! My name’s Dave Mance III. I’m the new Managing Editor at Northern Woodlands magazine, which is to say that I’m the new Anne Margolis…

  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    by Amy Peberdy | July 11th 2008
    A lot of you know Ken Gagnon – he’s a real nice guy. He’s got a family-owned mill in Pittsford, Vermont. When I called him…

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    by Stephen Long | June 13th 2008
    In years past, I’ve come across nice patches of morels in our woods at the end of May and into June. They seem to respond…

  • Farm, Forest, and Diesel Fuel

    by Chuck Wooster | May 23rd 2008
    I live something of a double life: member of the Northern Woodlands team by day and owner/operator of an organic vegetable farm by night. (Time-wise,…