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Need Silence? Take a Hike!

I cannot recall the last time I experienced silence – the complete absence of sound. Sure, there have been times that I would describe as “quiet,” even very quiet, but not silent. Even late at night when Harvard...

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Does Fire Bug Wildlife?

When conservation groups burn natural land, does it disturb wildlife species? Simply put, yes. Then why do we do it, and how can we call it “ecological fire” if it may harm some species? Historically, fire was a...

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Respecting property lines

I heard a story the other day about a situation where one neighbor did not like another neighbor’s pine tree because the branches grew over part of his yard and he thought the roots were going to crack his foundation....

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Nature and the Economy

I heard an amazing speaker at MCC recently, Jon Erickson, Dean of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. Erickson is an economist, which would normally have kept me away from...

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John Fowles’ Tree

In 1979, author John Fowles released his non-fiction book “The Tree.” Coming from the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, this sweet little book must have surprised many. The writing style is pure Fowles...

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