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In the early 1900s, while cruising timber as a young forester, American conservationist Aldo Leopold, founder of the science of wildlife biology, encountered a female wolf with her pups. The common wisdom of that era was that the only good predator was a...

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Three springs ago I visited the Leopold Memorial Reserve—the depleted Wisconsin sand county farm Aldo Leopold bought in 1930 known as the “shack.” In the 1940s he recorded in his field notes that without large predators such as wolves to regulate their...

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As mentioned in last week's post, Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT), of which I am founder, learned that at least seventy of the heirloom apples unique to New England that remain are so infrequently featured in nurseries, farmers markets and...

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If we can't trust nature to do what we want, and if we can't suppress fire, then it seems we ought to do the burning ourselves.  This in fact is what humanity has done since we...

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Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, long one of the timber industry's biggest supporters has always had a novel alternative history of forest management in the West.

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