An estimated $150 billion a year changes hands in the complex, global forest products industry that logs 32 million acres of forest every year, often illegally, leaving a trail of devastation to ecosystems and local economies around the world. Much of that timber makes its way to the United States, currently the largest wood products market in the world.
I LOVE BIKING! But I put my bike away when it starts to snow in Wisconsin. I see people who pedal through till spring, and I salute them, but there is something I don’t like about a biker’s odds in snow. The pavement gets slippery, and the roads become narrower […]
I spent the evening of Independence Day sitting in front of my barn. The sunset was a gift of deep color fanning out across the entire western sky. The crescent moon set through narrow bands of cloud. And then the real show began as the fireflies lifted off from grass […]
I am away from my desk attending a family reunion. To get to bucolic Monticello, Illinois, I have driven through countless miles of land that was once prairie and then small farms and is now an endless stretch of massive sterile mega-fields servicing agribusiness. While I am reconnecting with […]
What would it feel like to be a tiny crab scuttling about at the bottom of a very shallow pond that is being filled with toxins? We should know. We are looking up through a very thin and increasing polluted layer of air — air that is getting rapidly hotter. […]
I listened to Dr. Don Waller, UW-Madison professor of botany and environmental studies and editor of “The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin’s Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife” give a presentation on long-term changes in Wisconsin forests last week as part of the UW-Arboretum Winter Lecture Series. He shifted my forest focus from […]
According to a report, “Tackling High Tech Trash,” by Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization, Americans now own 3 billion electronic products with a turnover rate of about 400 million units annually. We now have one computer for every six people on the planet. This […]
Saturday January 8 was the first indoor Dane County Farmers’ Market of 2011, and more excitingly, the first Taste of the Market Breakfast of the New Year. As per usual, the serving line threatened to spill out into the 20 degree morning air.
A dishwasher insinuated itself into our lives when we bought a house that came with one in 1986. With a family of four, a job and grad school, I was grateful for every minute of kitchen work saved. Our next house had one too, and it was again a great […]
Everyone who takes care of land from square foot gardeners to those of us trying to manage multiple acres has their most wanted list of invasives plants. The lists are getting longer. According to James Reinartz of the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium , the cost to the U.S. economy […]