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)


Native Persimmons: “Divine Fruit” 

Hunting for persimmons on our little 30-acre wood is something that I look forward to all year. I start in the spring checking to see if our native persimmon trees (Diospyros virginiana) have blossoms. During the summer, I check to see if the trees have set fruit. Towards the end of summer, I hope against hope that drought or excessive wind, or an especially hungry raccoon, hasn’t stripped my trees of fruit. And finally, in the fall, if I’m lucky and time it just right, I can gather the wonderfully sweet persimmons to use in ice cream, breads, cookies, puddings, and cakes.

The Green Menance (EAB) is in Arkansas! 

Fall is finally here in parts of the South!  Trees are beginning to change color, hunters are getting ready for the season, nights are finally getting cooler, and campers and homeowners are thinking about enjoying those nice, cool evenings with a fire in the fireplace or chimenea. But, those beautiful colors and evenings could be destroyed by a deadly pest that might be hiding in your firewood: the Emerald Ash Borer.