August 24, 2017
Community forestry, and a forest community
Early this month we joined a group of legislators, conservationists and foresters on a tour of community conservation projects-in-progress in Jefferson County, Washington. About 10 days later we hosted a visit by Dr. Tak Watanabe—an anthropologist at Sophia University in Tokyo who is studying the possibility of community conservation projects in Japan, where the conceptRead more.
July 7, 2017
It’s the little things
Yogi Berra said it best: “You can observe a lot by just watching.” This week our friend Sarah Spaeth helped us do some watching. She led a tracking workshop at our place for members of Jefferson Land Trust—the organization that she works for and that upholds the conservation easements we’ve placed on our land. FewRead more.
June 10, 2017
A fresh kill
While clearing trail this morning, brushcutter slung over one shoulder, I came across a murder mystery: a fresh kill. Not more than three steps from the banks of Tarboo Creek, I found a pile of guts. I recognized the stomach, large intestine and part of the small intestine, but the most remarkable thing was theRead more.
May 21, 2017
Too Dam Bad
Leave it to beavers: They left us. At least, the family that lodged at our place for years disappeared, four years ago. Why? We’ll never know. It must’ve been something we said. Their dam had created a pond that was ducky. And froggy, and kingfishery. But the dam broke in a winter flood, and withoutRead more.