Knots and Bolts Archive

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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…

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    Wild Leeks: A Wild Food Rock Star

    by Benjamin Lord | Spring 2017
    If you know anything about wild edible plants, chances are you know about wild leeks. Also known as ramps, the wild leek (Allium tricoccum) is…

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    Familiar Forests Halfway Around the World

    by Celia Evans | Winter 2016
    Globally speaking, annual precipitation and temperature are the two most important factors that determine what grows where on Earth. Close to the equator, where it’s…

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    Ski Hearth Farm

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | Winter 2016
    The name – Ski Hearth Farm – is a hint to the diversity that has helped preserve this pastoral landscape of 630 acres in Sugar…

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    Building a Hauling Toboggan

    by Kerry Lambertson | Winter 2016
    Though few today are familiar with the working toboggan of the North Woods, it was once ubiquitous – the tool of trappers and travelers, a…

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    by Mary Holland | Winter 2016
    Eagles obtain food mainly in three ways – by capturing it, by stealing it, or by scavenging it. When securing their own live prey, they…

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    Two Wild Winter Teas

    by Benjamin Lord | Winter 2016
    Winter must have been hard for the first human inhabitants of the Northeast as long months passed with few fresh plant foods. Foraging is difficult…

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    Cutting-edge Timber Technology

    by Lee Burnett | Autumn 2016
    A new breed of building appeared on the UMass campus in Amherst this past winter. In a landscape full of concrete, brick, and stone rose…

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    Slime Time

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2016
    Yellow-fuzz cone slime (Hemitrichia clavata) is a slime mold that is found in clusters on rotting wood. Neither plant nor animal, slime molds are known…

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    Vernon Town Forest

    by Anne Dempsey | Autumn 2016
    In the southeastern corner of Vermont is a 465-acre forest owned by the town of Vernon. It’s named the J. Maynard Miller Municipal Forest, after…

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    Wild Grapes: Vital Fruits

    by Benjamin Lord | Autumn 2016
    The grapevine was so important to the ancient Romans that they called it vitis, after the Latin word for life. Today, botanists still give the…

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    Peruvian Non-timber Forest Products

    by Dave Sherwood | Autumn 2016
    In Peru, a botica is a pharmacy – the sterile, white kind, with glass countertops, bright lights, and shelves lined with tidy boxes. But I’ve…

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    A Forestland Timeshare

    by Charley Stevenson | Summer 2016
    Editors’ Note: We tend to think of forestland as being either publicly owned or privately owned. But tens of thousands of acres in the Northeast…

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    Fire and Western Forests

    by Naomi Heindel | Summer 2016
    Parts of the arid West are so biologically different than the temperate East that they seem like they’re on a different planet. Even places that…