Editor's Blog

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | March 16th 2017
    So the crazy weather continues, though of late it’s been too cold instead of too hot. By putting the temperatures from the last two weeks… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    by Dave Mance III | March 2nd 2017
    “We know that getting hit is part of the sport.” -Boxer Frank Buglioni Thirty-two degrees is a magic number in sugaring because without it sap… Read More »

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    Woods With Character

    by Dave Mance III | February 17th 2017
    I just finished a fabulous book by David Brooks called The Road to Character, in which he explores our transition from a culture that valued… Read More »

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    For My Daughter on Her Birth Day: February 3, 2017

    by Dave Mance III | February 3rd 2017
    When you get a little bigger your mom and I are going to introduce you to the maples in the sugarwoods. You should know them… Read More »

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    Wall Street and Woodlots

    by Patrick White | January 20th 2017
    In looking for interesting content for Northern Woodlands’ biweekly e-newsletter, I'm constantly scanning the Google news feed for articles related to forests and forestry. Not… Read More »

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    Logging Companies and Workers Comp

    by Dave Mance III | January 6th 2017
    Political pundits all suggest that a re-examination of our country’s broken health care system will be the first order of business that Congress takes up… Read More »

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    On Faith and Christmas

    by Dave Mance III | December 22nd 2016
    Why is religion such a big part of rural life? An author I was reading the other day decided it was because there are more… Read More »

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    Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

    by Dave Mance III | December 9th 2016
    The world can often seem too complicated for its own good. It’s a big reason why people like you and I live in a rural… Read More »

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    Djou See Anything?

    by Dave Mance III | November 22nd 2016
    A deer hunter pushes open the door and enters a warm, slow camp. The woodstove pings pleasantly as it accommodates a fresh charge of wood.… Read More »

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    Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks

    by Dave Mance III | November 10th 2016
    I went deer hunting last week with my friend Bill at his camp in the Adirondacks. The trip over entailed a beautiful ride down Route… Read More »

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    History Doing That Cyclical Thing Again

    by Dave Mance III | October 28th 2016
    Here in Vermont there’s an interesting political race going on for governor, and it relates to our subject matter in that the contest might hinge,… Read More »

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    The Man Who Freed a Giant

    by Dave Mance III | October 14th 2016
    Joe Wheelwright, the sculptor, died on September 28. I met Joe while writing this story about him in 2012. When I heard the news of… Read More »

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    Fall Canning

    by Dave Mance III | September 29th 2016
    We’d torn a burner out of an old hot water heater and suspended it with wire beneath a hastily welded angle iron table; it formed… Read More »

  • Nature Deficit Disorder! Statistical Analysis! Team Names! thumbnail

    Nature Deficit Disorder! Statistical Analysis! Team Names!

    by Dave Mance III | September 16th 2016
    If you’re into nature and writing, which you probably are if you’re into us, then you probably heard the news a few years back that… Read More »

  • Q and A with Loon Expert Eric Hanson thumbnail

    Q and A with Loon Expert Eric Hanson

    by Northern Woodlands | September 2nd 2016
    Eric Hanson, a biologist for the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, will give a natural history talk at this year’s Northern Woodlands Conference. The Loon Conservation… Read More »

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    A Song For Someone

    by Dave Mance III | August 19th 2016
    I was editing a piece the other day on mourning warbler songs, and learned that males who live in different parts of the country sing… Read More »

  • In Which Dave Spouts Unhinged Economic and Political Theories Like Your Crazy Uncle at Thanksgiving thumbnail

    In Which Dave Spouts Unhinged Economic and Political Theories Like Your Crazy Uncle at Thanksgiving

    by Dave Mance III | August 5th 2016
    I’ve been trying to explain capitalism and free market economics to a teenager over the past few years, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street,… Read More »

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    Driving a Midden

    by Elise Tillinghast | July 22nd 2016
    The first red squirrel appeared at about 50 mph. It climbed up over my headrest and landed in my lap. I don’t recall the next… Read More »

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    Forest Home Companion

    by Dave Mance III | July 8th 2016
    Well it’s been a quiet month in my home town, out there in the valley of Vermont. Weather-wise, we’ve seen just about everything but a… Read More »

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    Landings: Logging’s Calling Card

    by Patrick White | June 21st 2016
    Now that the weather has improved, I’ve been out on my bike more. A couple years ago I wrote a blog about the wildlife you… Read More »