WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Spring has sprung and with it the bark of some trees is beginning to loosen up. Last week, I took the bark off a chestnut oak and ran it through the chipper. The bark will be used to make a “tea” or “liquor” forContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I have found both evidence of and presently living beavers far upstream in some mountain hollow or bowl, far isolated from the next beaver lodge. I always wondered how they knew a good spot existed far above them. How brave they must be toContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? My first case of “dumpster-diving” in the Catskills. I have witnessed deer on the eastern slope of the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County (Town of Gardiner) browsing Norway spruce trees one other time. The needles of Norway spruce are extremely prickly and deer stayContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I can’t speak for what works for others. But, in times like these I appreciate even more the forest that surrounds us and can be leaned upon. I can still make maple syrup, cut firewood to stay warm, and improve habitat in the summerContinue Reading