Digging deep

With the early arrival of spring this year I’m reprising my seasonal post from last year’s blog a bit early as well.   The timing has changed, as plants are sprouting sooner than they usually do, but the rest remains the same, at least for now.  Time will tell if our increasingly early springs bring new problems to West Virginia’s forests, or to other eastern wildlands.  … Continue reading Digging deep

Our wildest dreams

Some things are just a given – until they’re not.  And thanks to author Emma Marris, many of us will never look at the world in quite the same way again.  In her recent book, Rambunctious Garden:  Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, Marris upends some of the most cherished assumptions in ecology and conservation.   In doing so, she skillfully maneuvers through the immediate resistance … Continue reading Our wildest dreams

Old stuff, new thinking

I spent New Year’s Eve in a straw house.  No wolves arrived to blow it down (although our hosts’ two  bear-sized malamute-mix dogs could have stood in if they were so inclined). And other than the so-called truth window, you’d never know that the insulation behind the plaster walls was bales of straw and not sheets of fiberglass.   The truth window next to the front … Continue reading Old stuff, new thinking

The illogic of Rudolph

No, this isn’t an environmental screed.  Rudolph and Santa actually seem to live a pretty low impact life in the North Pole, in that small self-contained community powered mostly by reindeer and elves.  And I accept the bad biology inherent in Christmas fantasies:  talking flying reindeer with electric noses and, in this case, a large carnivorous primate-like mammal known as the Abominable Snow Monster (hey, … Continue reading The illogic of Rudolph

Occupying the planet

I want points for this.   I’m not a particularly competitive person, but I did smugly think I would score better than average.   After all, I don’t commute to work in a car, I’ve worked in conservation most of my life, and most importantly, I don’t have kids.  But when I used the Global Footprint Network’s footprint calculator, I learned that it would still require 4.3 … Continue reading Occupying the planet