Knots and Bolts Archive

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    The Romanian Carpathians

    by Yurij Bihun | Spring 2018
    The Carpathians are often referred to as “the Green Heart of Europe.” It’s a big heart: the 1,800-kilometer Carpathian arc is Europe’s largest mountain range…

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    The Economics of Managing a Small Woodlot

    by Jerry Michael | Spring 2018
    Michael Tree Farm is in the Town of Triangle, in Broome County, New York. When my parents purchased a 40-acre parcel there in 1955, it…

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    Life of a Leech

    by Mary Holland | Spring 2018
    Of the 650 species of leeches that exist in North America, some 500 inhabit fresh water. Most are predacious, feeding on worms, snails, fish eggs,…

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    Japanese Knotweed and the Culinary Control of Invasives

    by Benjamin Lord | Spring 2018
    Occasionally I read articles that tout the edibility of invasive wild plants and urge readers to “eat the invasives.” All it may take to manage…

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    The Rube Goldberg Land Exchange

    by Ben Hoffman | Winter 2017
    In these days of governmental gridlock, it is difficult to imagine government agencies cooperating to do anything that is even slightly complicated. But it hasn’t…

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    Otter Holes

    by Mary Holland | Winter 2017
    River otters are the most aquatic members of the weasel family. They can swim up to six or seven miles per hour on the surface…

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    Wintergreen: a Splash of Winter Color

    by Benjamin Lord | Winter 2017
    Gaultheria procumbens goes by many common names – checkerberry, teaberry, and boxberry. But it is most often called American wintergreen. Even those unfamiliar with the…

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    A Steward of Native Flora

    Autumn 2017
    Mike Bald is a small business owner in east-central Vermont, and his business is the control of nonnative invasive plants. At first glance, his work…

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    Lead Ammo is Lethal

    by Tom Salo | Autumn 2017
    November 15, 1976. Late that morning I would shoot my first deer, a buck. But what I remember most about that day is a bird.…

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    Discovering the Olympic Rain Forest

    by Susan Shea | Autumn 2017
    Late last June, we drove south from Seattle, then north, circumnavigating Puget Sound. Through occasional showers, we caught glimpses of our destination, the jagged Olympics,…

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    Common Green Darners Migrating

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2017
    The common green darner, Anax junius, is one of our largest dragonflies, measuring three inches long with a four-inch wingspread. It is strikingly colored, with…

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    Elderberry Jelly

    by Benjamin Lord | Autumn 2017
    “Your father smelt of elderberries,” taunts the French knight in Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail. And that was not a compliment.…

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    Flying Squirrels Visiting Bird Feeders

    by Mary Holland | Summer 2017
    Those of us in black bear country are advised to avoid feeding birds during spring, summer, and early fall – it’s good advice. When I…

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    Wild Brambles: Sweetness and Thorns

    by Benjamin Lord | Summer 2017
    Brambles are hard to mistake thanks to their clustered globes of fruit (what botanists call an “aggregate of drupelets”) and their even more noticeable thorns.…

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    Loggers Struggle with Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates

    by Northern Woodlands | Spring 2017
    Congressional leaders are currently reexamining our country’s broken health care system, which has meant a slew of news stories about different aspects of the problem…

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    Venus in Silks

    by Rachel Sargent | Spring 2017
    The prospective groom carefully drapes a silken veil across his chosen mate’s head, then wraps four of her eight legs, her chelicerae, and her pedipalps.…

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    Stewardship Story: Sydney Antonio

    by Glenn Rosenholm | Spring 2017
    If you asked Sydney Antonio how she came to own 450 well-managed acres of forestland in upstate New York, she would tell you it had…

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    Forest Management in New York City

    by Michelle Sutton | Spring 2017
    There are 10,000 acres of public forest within the five boroughs of New York City. That doesn’t mean street trees, or trees dotting the lawns…

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    The Biltmore Stick

    by Kathy Bernier | Spring 2017
    In a world where modern technology can sweep us off our feet, the Biltmore stick is proof that simple, old-fashioned tools can still be of…

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    Go Cubs!

    by Mary Holland | Spring 2017
    Black bear cubs are born in late January or February, weighing about eight ounces. The mother has six teats, and the newborn cubs crawl to…