Inspiration

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If I can see a tree outside my bedroom window, blood flow to my brain will be different than if I were looking at a view without vegetation.   Right now, I have a rectangular perspective of deciduous trees and evergreens making their home next to sidewalks and steep neighborhood staircases.  The Italian restaurant across the street is shaded by bare-branched trees adorned in twinkle lights.  
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If I can see a tree outside my bedroom window, blood flow to my brain will be different than if I were looking at a view without vegetation. Right now, I have a rectangular perspective of deciduous trees and evergreens making their home next to sidewalks and steep neighborhood staircases. The Italian restaurant across the street is shaded by bare-branched trees adorned in twinkle lights.
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Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide by Lynn Levine
A waterproof, 44 page pocket-size book, with life-size illustrations (Yes, even the bear!) It’s a guide that’s great for tracking through all seasons.
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In 1824, London’s Royal Horticultural Society sent the young botanist David Douglas on an expedition to the Pacific Northwest to study and to collect native flora and fauna. The sensitive details of Douglas's journey are marvelously captured by the contemporary author and naturalist Jack Nisbet in The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest.
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David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work connects Douglas’s historical explorations with Nisbet’s contemporary ones. Nisbet opens the lens of history, as the text becomes a parallel experience where the reader visits places both in historical and contemporary time, effortlessly traveling between the two. Nisbet’s evocative vignettes follow David Douglas’s journals out into the field.
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Part memoir, narrative nonfiction, and natural history, "Eating Dirt" manages to capture both what it feels like to engage in hard seasonal physical labor and what it might feel like if you were the forest itself.
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In The Open Space of Democracy , Terry Tempest Williams focuses poetically on personal engagement that is possible within a democracy, while artist Mary Frank’s images are woven throughout this small, beautiful book.
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"Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton" is dedicated to Horan’s love for “all the trees that have provided the vital wood flesh for millions of magical books throughout the ages.” Horan’s journey collecting actual seeds from famous authors’ trees is an engaging travelogue, homage, and memoir.
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The Women and Their Woods program was recently recognized by the Northeast Environmental Partners as an organization in Northeastern Pennsylvania that has achieved environmental protection or conservation through partnering with others.
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Barb Spears is dedicated to women woodland owners and forestry. I'm very grateful for her commitment and hard work and would like to congratulate her. Barb recently won the Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Management Award for Individual Achievement; a great honor!
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The forest is an inspiring place. Enjoy this poem by Cindy Iberg, Pennsylvania Forest Landowner
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Christine Byl writes about place and our connection to land and the reasons why we labor rather than sit. Byl eloquently reflects on her chosen path of work: "If I felt my work aligned with damage and asphalt over trees and space, I would like to think I could never have done it this long."
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Debbie Clay shares her experience of managing her newly acquired woodlands.

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”
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My favorite way of enjoying nature is with my son and his Boy Scout troop. Scouting is an active program that helps boys grow into men and teaches them outdoor skills.
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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.
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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.
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The premise of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature is simple enough, but only a naturalist like David George Haskell could write this beautiful book. Poetic and scientific, The Forest Unseen is extraordinary.
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--by Jois Child
"The early leaves surprise me... "