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Traditional Trail Maintenance Tools

During my end-to-end hike of the Long Trail, I backpacked through several wilderness areas in Vermont, including the Glastenbury, Lye Brook, Big Branch, Peru Peak, and Breadloaf Wilderness Areas. Wilderness Areas are specially designated natural areas protected under the Wilderness Act of 1964. There are 704 such areas in the US …

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Tom Wessels on Conservation Biology

Last week, I interviewed Tom Wessels, a professor of Ecology and founder of the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at Antioch College in New England. Tom is the also the author of Reading the Forrested Landscape which I reviewed a few weeks ago. This book has completely changed the way I …

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Trail Planning and Maintenance

I went day hiking today in a 2000+ acre nature reserve near my house and just north of Boston, called the Middlesex Fells. I have been hiking in the Fells for years, but I've never really given much thought to how these trails were planned or how they are maintained, …

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