Two Poems by Kim Stafford

 Click button above to play audio for this poem, or click here to download in .mp3 format.A Lesson in Time  We stood on a forest road at the meadow’s edgeso Joe could teach the story of geologic time.Mateo... Read More...

Three Poems by Karen An-hwei Lee

 Click button above to play audio for this poem, or click here to download in .mp3 format.On the Fourth Day of Fires by El Centro  Solo wild doves cry by the lake. A thousand acres, and the flare-blanched... Read More...

Two Poems by David Wagoner

 Why I'm Sitting Under a Logging-Road Bridge Here, out of the rain, under the archesof a stone and timber bridge, beside a creekin an open-ended grotto, I’m inclinedon cobbled rip-rap, my slope determinedb... Read More...

The Vision Quest by David Ebenbach

  Click button above to play audio for this story, or click here to download in .mp3 format.   My friend had loaned me the use of his cabin in New Hampshire for two weeks. His thinking was that, ... Read More...
Interview: Fred Swanson

Interview with Fred Swanson

Ecological Reflections : Andrew C. Gottlieb Interviews Earth Scientist Fred Swanson When you see something like a dead snake in a jar, or a bird in a dry collection when they pull it out from the shelf, it’s clearly dead. But there’s also something about it. You can hold it, turn it over in your hands, you can examine it very closely, and from that recreate a life. But the spark is gone. The spark now is in what you make of it.

Review: Touring the Eastern Old Growth

Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests, by Joan Maloof : Reviewed by Andrew C. Gottlieb Joan Maloof’s latest book, Among the Ancients, is an enjoyable, informed, readable genre-collage that takes readers to what will most likely be unfamiliar territory: Eastern United States old-growth forest. It’s easy to consider “old-growth” as synonymous with Redwood and Sequoia National Parks, with the gigantic Douglas firs of the Pacific Northwest, with Washington State’s Olympic National Forest. After all, isn’t that what we’re talking about? Huge, old unlogged trees in a few national parks? In her preface, Maloof tells us that Maurice Schwartz of the United Nations Forestry Division at one point found 98 different definitions of the term. So, old growth isn’t just giant, and it’s not just 1,000 years old. It’s really a section of forest where trees—even small ones, high-altitude pines—have been left to grow through a natural life-cycle, a cycle that increases the biodiversity of the forest itself. Maloof takes us on her journey to forests small and large in each of the 26 states east of the Mississippi, most of which contain trees that for some reason—activist or accident—were not logged early last century when the eastern part of the United States was mown like a lawn for timber during the industrial development of the timber industry and the nation’s building and population expansion. But these aren’t redwoods. Tulip poplars, buckeyes, poisonwood trees, oak, hickory, maple. “No matter where you live in the East, there is an old-growth forest you can reach in a day,” she tells us.
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Reporting on the Swedish Forestry Industry

By Erik Hoffner I recently did an assignment for Yale Environment 360 reporting on Sweden’s forestry industry. I was excited to see the country, where “my people” are from, and which is regarded as the greene... Read More...