Earlier this July I got a chance to revisit a section of woods I haven’t really seen in 27 years. I can say they don’t seem as big as they once did, mainly because I’ve grown up some since then. 27 years isn’t the longest amount of time in the world, but it’s something. Seeing how the woods has matured or just taking a stroll down memory’s lane is beyond words. I knew I liked the woods back then, but had no idea how much they would influence me. I hope other kids can experience the freedom and constant wonders of their small section of woods just outside their doors; It doesn’t have to be thousands of acres.

May the forest be with you,


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association