Knots and Bolts Archive

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    To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine

    by John Burk | Autumn 2013
    Ever since the emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered in Michigan in 2002, many have speculated about its potential effects on forests in the Northeast.…

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    Untold Abundance: The Autumn Olive

    by Benjamin Lord | Autumn 2013
    Wild plants do not surrender their treasures as easily as their cultivated cousins. Wild berries tend to be small, seedy, and scattered widely across the…

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    Deaf in the Woods

    by Tim Traver | Summer 2013
    Do you remember your answer to that youthful question: if you had to be one or the other, would you rather be deaf or blind?…

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    Take a Bike! And Feel the Flow

    by Dale and Darcy Cahill | Summer 2013
    While the difference between a deer trail and a hiking trail may be obvious, what makes a trail good for feet is not always what…

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    Swamp Gold: Edible Cattail Pollen

    by Benjamin Lord | Summer 2013
    It can be difficult for beginning foragers to make the leap beyond the most familiar wild foods. For those who want to expand their repertoires…

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    Vermonters and Forests: A Symbiotic Relationship

    by Kia Amirkiaee | Spring 2013
    Editor’s note: Last winter, the Vermont Woodlands Association partnered with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Northern Woodlands to sponsor an essay…

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    More Than a Snapshot: Preserving Historic Film

    by Meghan Oliver | Spring 2013
    When David Weiss obtains a canister of old movie film, he gives it the sniff test. “I pry off the lid, sniff it, and if…

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    Something Sweet in New York

    by Danielle Owczarski | Spring 2013
    Postal workers have postal routes; milk truck drivers have milk routes. But a maple route? Last spring, The Wild Center, a nonprofit environmental education organization…

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    Sugarhouse Registration

    by Northern Woodlands | Spring 2013
    Rumors have been swirling in sugarmaking circles about government registration of sugarhouses in all the states where maple syrup is produced. We asked Matthew Gordon,…

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    Negotiating A Sugarbush Lease

    by Dave Mance Jr. | Spring 2013
    One could be forgiven for thinking the U.S. maple industry is in decline, considering the poor sugaring season in 2012 and fears about climate change,…

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    Creating Carbon Credit

    by Chuck Wooster | Spring 2013
    Well-managed forestland provides a host of benefits to society, from flood mitigation to wildlife habitat to carbon sequestration, and there’s long been talk about finding…

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    The Ranger School Celebrates 100

    by Liz Marsden | Winter 2012
    For many, fond memories of college might include football games, Homecoming, and perhaps a keg party or three. For the alumni of The Ranger School,…

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    Repairing Culverts in a Post-Irene World

    by Meghan Oliver | Winter 2012
    All too often, discussions about culverts center around two different objectives. There’s the practical side: designing and sizing a structure that will protect roads. And…

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    At Home on the (Tree) Farm

    by Jack Saul | Autumn 2012
    Some might call it a plantation, and some a tree farm, but my family refers to it simply as “the farm.” To the outside observer,…

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    The Forecast Calls for Change

    by Meghan Oliver | Autumn 2012
    At the Mohonk Mountain Preserve in New York’s Shawangunk Mountains, naturalists have been collecting data on weather, spring migrants, plant life, and seasonal milestones for…

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    Return of the Chestnut

    by Liz Marsden | Autumn 2012
    In his New York Times best-seller A Walk in the Woods, author Bill Bryson mourns the loss of the “massively graceful” American chestnut: “There has…

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    Northeastern Bat Update

    by Madeline Bodin | Summer 2012
    It’s been five years since biologists found the first bats killed by white-nose syndrome in a cave near Albany, New York. It’s been four years…

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    In Remembrance: Cameron Cope

    by Charles Johnson | Summer 2012
    Editor’s Note: On December 31, 2011, Cameron Cope passed away. Orange County, Vermont, lost a good logger, and former Vermont State Naturalist, Charles Johnson, lost…

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    Working Forest Conservation Easement

    by Ann Davis | Summer 2012
    Ten years ago, my husband Marc and I sold our business in Chicago and acquired a woodlot in New Hampshire, thus fulfilling a lifelong dream…

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    A Light in the Forest

    by Frank Kaczmarek | Summer 2012
    The late summer air is cool and heavy as I reach the trailhead. To hike through a forest at night is to move through a…