Editor's Blog

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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,… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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,… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

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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… Read More »

  • For Once, an Actual Editor’s Blog thumbnail

    For Once, an Actual Editor’s Blog

    by Dave Mance III | October 13th 2017
    A writer who’d recently had a piece of writing rejected by a magazine once told me that the experience was like walking into an interview… Read More »

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    Building a Movement

    by Dave Mance III | September 29th 2017
    Harvard Forest released a report last week that’s been grabbing headlines – you can read it here. The big news is that between 1990 and… Read More »

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    Doing it Right

    by Dave Mance III | September 15th 2017
    We’ve been rebuilding a major section of one of our sugarbushes this summer with the idea that this time we’re going to do it right.… Read More »

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    On September

    by Dave Mance III | September 1st 2017
    Some months, like some people, have a very strong sense of who and what they are. May is spring. July and August are summer. October… Read More »

  • What Happened to the Forest Industry? thumbnail

    What Happened to the Forest Industry?

    by Dave Mance III | August 18th 2017
    A co-worker sent me this email the other day: Hi there, a very lovely elderly subscriber just called and he wants to know more about… Read More »

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    A Cool Historic Video

    by Dave Mance III | August 4th 2017
    A friend shared this great video with me the other day of Neil Young – not the pop star but a town-elder-type from around these… Read More »

  • Fire on the Mountain, One Year Later thumbnail

    Fire on the Mountain, One Year Later

    by Dave Mance III | July 21st 2017
    When people – myself included – write about forestry they tend to focus on the treatments or harvests as though they’re the story. It’s where… Read More »

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    On Intuition

    by Dave Mance III | July 7th 2017
    “Where should I look to find chanterelles?” someone asked the other day. And I said look on rich soil and poor soil, wet sites and… Read More »

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    Queen Victoria

    by Dave Mance III | June 23rd 2017
    There was an interesting profile, written by Ellen Barry, which ran in the New York Times this past spring about a guy named T. N.… Read More »

  • What’ll We Do With The Baby-o? thumbnail

    What’ll We Do With The Baby-o?

    by Dave Mance III | June 8th 2017
    “It’s chaos,” I said. Then: “I’ll call you back.” There was poop on the couch and, I’d just noticed, on my pants. I put the… Read More »

  • Seaweed and Honey Bees thumbnail

    Seaweed and Honey Bees

    by Northern Woodlands | May 25th 2017
    Each fall, the Northern Woodlands Conference brings together people with diverse backgrounds for a weekend of boundary-spanning workshops and conversation. While forests provide a setting… Read More »