Art and Literature

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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors (Viking) by David George Haskell

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Penguin) by David George Haskell
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--by Jois Child
"The early leaves surprise me... "
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The forest is an inspiring place. Enjoy this poem by Cindy Iberg, Pennsylvania Forest Landowner
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Guest Writer: Mary Hightower, Cooperative Extension Service
U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, [email protected]

Do knives, spoons in seeds and wooly bear stripes translate into an accurate winter forecast?
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It makes perfect sense to heat with wood. We harvest from within a 10-mile radius of our home. We remove wood from the national forest, from fire-suppressed choked stands full of dead standing and dead downed lodgepole pine. This is forest restoration at it’s most sustainable.
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Guest post by Margaret Mils, Oregon WOWnet member
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Guest post by Oregon WOWnet member Fiona Rhea
Twin Tree
by Fiona Rhea
Two seeds landed here because that is how God meant it to be,
Nourished from the heavens above, together they grew like twins, almost inseparably.
Alas, one grew tall, the other branched off from the straight and narrow call.
Yet in later years, changed it's spin to return next to its twin.
Their souls having found each other, touched  by the breeze,
rejoiced by the heavenly chime of the bristling leaves,
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My mom is the reason I'm connected to our forestland. I'm shy to write about my land connection, which manifests as creative inspiration, much less talk about it, because my mom passed away over two years ago. Now the reasons for loving our stewardship forestland are so deep, so nuanced, and so filled with grief that I fear I might fall apart were I to explain it all. Simply put: all reasons lead back to my mom.
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Every forest has a story to tell.
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Antelope Valley, Idaho (a prose poem)

—Renée E. D’Aoust

 

In the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness you wait—gear ready—for Indian Paintbrush to shrivel and die. I pack your saddle bag: dried fruit, chocolate, quick oats. Catch myself falling toward you like the elk caught in your archer’s eye. Your arrow flies through Western larch, cedars, Ponderosa pines. “A clean kill,” you whisper. As the elk falls, I find solid ground. It is a good hunt: this looking for self through you.

 
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My mom kept the fridge on the porch. It was not convenient. But Mom despised the sound of the electric hum. “I’m living out here in the woods, and I have to deal with that sound?” she would ask, rhetorically.
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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors (Viking) by David George Haskell

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Penguin) by David George Haskell
Article
--by Jois Child
"The early leaves surprise me... "
Article
The forest is an inspiring place. Enjoy this poem by Cindy Iberg, Pennsylvania Forest Landowner
Article
Guest Writer: Mary Hightower, Cooperative Extension Service
U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, [email protected]

Do knives, spoons in seeds and wooly bear stripes translate into an accurate winter forecast?
Article
It makes perfect sense to heat with wood. We harvest from within a 10-mile radius of our home. We remove wood from the national forest, from fire-suppressed choked stands full of dead standing and dead downed lodgepole pine. This is forest restoration at it’s most sustainable.
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Guest post by Margaret Mils, Oregon WOWnet member