To some, maybe most, a visit to the forest is an event. An event in
the same category as going to a movie, or shopping, or attending a
sports event. You go. You look. You take pictures and you return home.

To me, it is more. I go back to myself. I go because my soul remains
in the forest and I will become ill of heart if I cannot return there.
I go because I have never completely left.

Life can turn you toward choices that take you away from your soul’s
place. You can truly lose your way. You lose the rhythm of the day,
the season, and the smell of mossy life.

To some, maybe most, it does not matter if the visit to the forest is
brief, or postponed, or even never taken. For the forest is no longer

Are We There Yet? On Traveling for Thanksgiving 

Nancy G.W. Baker is a forest landowner in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for 'tis Thanksgiving Day.       

Living in a Fire Adapted Environment 

Every tick is a fire scar, telling our fire history. The only constant is change.

This saying attributed to Heraclitus resonates strongly with those of us who spend time in forests. You have to look closely for the clues: stumps or lack thereof, holes and mounds, scars, downed logs, clues that tell the story of an ever-changing landscape.

Charlotte Gill's "Eating Dirt" - blog entry 

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe

by Charlotte Gill

(Greystone Books, 2011)

In the acknowledgements of Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, Charlotte Gill writes, “Not one word would exist [of this book] without my extended silvicultural family.” This resonates deeply because throughout, Gill captures the community of the forest in which she has planted seedlings for almost two decades. Gill eloquently threads in-depth ecological research throughout recollections of personal backbreaking experiences. 

Christine Byl's "Dirt Work" - Book Review 

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl (Beacon Press, 2013)