Category Archives: Conservation & Environment

The Southwest

Some years ago, I disparaged the “lifeless” deserts of the American Southwest, full of unpleasant lizards, venomous snakes and lots of dust. Looking back, I think I had a mental model, a hierarchy of ecosystems with dense forests and deep … Continue reading

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My longleaf through the years

I post a lot of pictures of my longleaf, but generally w/o a size comparison, since I am often down there by myself. A selfie would not give the proper perspective. Adam Smith took this picture of me with our … Continue reading

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Succession

Grassy wetlands To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. The more you observe in nature, the more sense that old wisdom seems. Last time on the farms I found the value of the … Continue reading

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Forest work July 2019

Devil’s walking stick I never much liked the devil’s walking stick (Aralia spinosa) because of the thorns that can rip your clothes and grab your skin. It hurts. I suppose that is how it got the name. They are common … Continue reading

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Fire in oak forests – day 3

I wonder if I have less to write each day of the conference because I am finding less or maybe just getting tired. Did I get tired, or did I just get lazy? Understory dynamics Todd Hutchinson talked about understory … Continue reading

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Fire in oak forests – field trip – day 2

Fire in oak forests – field trip – day 2 The ecology of any place is contingent on its history and the oak pitch-pine barrens near State College, PA has an interesting ecological history. And every ecological history includes its … Continue reading

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Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference – Day 1

Blame Bambi Blame Bambi. The cute talking animals – a deer, a rabbit and a skunk – were agents of propaganda deployed against hunting and even humans in nature at all. But as John Stowe, one of the keynote speakers … Continue reading

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Pine beetles

Turpentine beetles A few problems in the forest. Looks like we have some turpentine beetles. As far as I can tell, only two trees are affected, but no reason to not to react quickly. I called Adam Smith from Virginia … Continue reading

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California water

A lot of detail and some good history, but I didn’t like it. The tone bothered me. The story is told as a narrative of loss. In that it is like many such books and that is certainly a perspective … Continue reading

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Forest visit #2 June

Alex & I went down to the farms. Unfortunately, my cutter did not work. I tried all the mechanical skills at my disposal, i.e. I made sure there was gas and that nothing was obviously loose, and failed, so we … Continue reading

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