Posts filed under: Outdoors & Environment

It’s that time of year again when amaryllis, Christmas cactus and poinsettias appear in stores and find their way into our homes....
Paper birch, also called white birch (Betula papyrifera), stands out: even if you don’t know a hemlock from a sugar maple, chances are that you can pick out its iconic...
We hope you have enjoyed watching the library’s new gardens come to life this spring and summer and stay interesting even as they begin to shut down for the winter....
This year, in late November, we are still enjoying the colors of autumn and the last treats from the vegetable garden. This is uncharacteristically late even for the Champlain Valley....
About 10 days ago, as I drifted toward sleep, a deep echoing hoo-hoo floated through the open window. A few seconds later, another and then another. It seemed early in...
Lewis Creek Association recently wrapped up its boat launch steward program at Bristol and Monkton ponds. LCA chose Bristol and Monkton ponds due to their popularity with anglers, recreational boaters,...
I grew up loving small trees that I could climb. Apples trees and a large, old magnolia tree that grew on my parents’ property were my favorites. On this land...
It seems that every November my spirt longs for a simpler life. The stark barren trees seem to strip off all unnecessary accoutrements of modern life....
Charlotte Trails provide the key to non-motorized transportation and recreation in our town. The trails keep Charlotte connected and offer townspeople a safe, off-road way to stay active and move...
Forests are complex, intricate and nuanced—and also massive, expansive and interconnected....
Vermont gardening guru Charlie Nardozzi recently published a book called No-Dig Gardening. In its October e-newsletter, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies recommends Leaf It Be, “a low-intensity yard maintenance practice...
The south wind blows and the ridgepole of the old one-room camp creaks above our heads. We are on the shores of mid-Lake Champlain. With the window slightly cracked open,...
Are you one of those people who loves rhubarb pie, cake, sauce and even preserving rhubarb for off-season use?...
Talk about a fast-moving train. Does it seem autumn is approaching at speeds not seen before? ...
Widening the focus beyond Charlotte’s immediate neighbors, here’s a sampling of walks within about a half hour of Charlotte....
When local physical therapist Kristi Johnson realized that a cyclist participating in the 16th Annual Kelly Brush Ride needed help, she didn’t hesitate to assist. Johnson, who practices at PT...
Normally, I like to use this venue to espouse the virtues and spiritual connections through hunting, fishing, foraging, and generally learning to find joy through immersion in the outdoors....
Last week, Deputy Tree Warden Alexa Lewis, closely observed by a cow at Fat Cow Farm, lowered one of the twelve green triangular EAB traps that were initially hung from...
Landowners always ask me is: “is my forest healthy?” While this seems like it should warrant a simple “yes” or “no” answer, the question almost always makes me pause, my...