Monthly Archives: December 2010

Toby Hemenway – “Native Plants: Restoring to an Idea”

This is a very smart, thoughtful post by Toby Hemenway: The wooded hillside on rural Oregon where I once lived was thick with 40- to 120-year-old Douglas fir and hemlock. But as I walked these forests, I noticed that scattered … Continue reading

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Land Language

I’m a big Annie Proulx fan, and especially her Wyoming writing.  So I have to plug her article in the New York Times, “My Own Private Wyoming.”  Amazing images through her spare writing. Which reminds me also to recommend Home … Continue reading

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Coastside

(Photo by Flickr user dbaron.  Shared under Creative Commons licence.) The Santa Cruz mountains of the San Fran Bay area are a land of startling contrasts.  The beaches and rocky surf give way to windswept, barren coastal scrub, then patches … Continue reading

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East/West, Moist/Arid

I’ve been thinking a lot on this trip about differences between the arid West and the moist temperate Northeast.  There’s a lot, it turns out, and they primarily reduce to climate, landform/topography, and land use history. For example, the Rio … Continue reading

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The Jemez Mountains

I got a request to show some pictures from my current travels.  So here are some interesting ones from the Jemez (pr. “hem-ez”) Mountains in northern New Mexico, west of Santa Fe and Los Alamos. This is a view looking … Continue reading

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Gone West

I’m in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a few days, visiting a friend and doing some eco-tourism.  It’s a beautiful time of year – sunny but cool – and a dawn walk around the neighborhood this morning spooked up lots … Continue reading

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Pigs in the Woods

I spent the last two days at the Young Farmers Conference in Tarrytown, NY.  I gave an introductory talk on permaculture with Dyami Nason-Regan of Appleseed Permaculture, and a more in-depth talk on agroforestry.  In addition to the standard agroforestry … Continue reading

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