My New Role as Forest Manager 

by Margot Cumming, University of Wisconsin undergraduate


   Thirty miles down Highway 40, in southern Virginia, the land rolls gently with endless rows of emerald green crops. Billboards proclaim:

 “Peanuts – whole sale and retail! Tourists welcome!”

“We’re not nuts, but we sell ‘em”


               The neighboring fields gaze up at a cloudless sky, as Debbie Clay zips us around on her gator.

A Woman in Boy Scouts 

Scouting is a great way to enjoy nature. It is an active program that allows boys to grow into men. Boy Scouts in days of old didn’t allow women leaders, but women could be Cub Scout leaders. This is still true in some areas.  Being a mother of a scout, I have been active since my son was a Cub.  I helped him transition from a Cub to a Boy Scout.  I became a Webelos leader.  Webelos stand for “We Be Loyal Scouts”.  As a Webelos’ leader, I helped the boys prepare for their new found roles in scouting.  As a Cub Scout, the boys are still under their parents’ supervision.



by Mary Eliza Crane

Black headed grosbeak female feeding her offspring. Photo by Linda Tanner/Flickr


Early morning wrapped in woven wool

white breath dissolving into fog,

one fawn lay supine near my feet

sweet docile sister grazing in the weeds.

Mother doe caught and held my gaze,

but bored by lack of threat

she faded back away into the fog

my steaming teacup met, eyes drawn upward

sunbeams crown a cottonwood

that cast one patch of light

on the first golden leaves drifting down.


Recreation in Oregon Forests 

Aesthetics and recreation are two of the leading reasons woodland owners designate for why they own forested property. After talking with some local Oregon Women Owning Woodlands Network members it is obvious that recreation is an important element of forest ownership for them. They are out in the woods doing everything from horseback riding to plant identification. And often they are taking friends and family along to get them engaged with the forest. Here some of these women share what they are doing in their woods.


1. What recreational activities do you participate in on your woodlands?