Archive for October 2021

James Wyse: Conservation Trailblazer

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 Many people don’t know about the highly complex and technical steps required to preserve land! It may seem that suddenly a sign goes up on a farm or forest indicating the land is now preserved. But how did it happen? Well, one of the most knowledgeable and respected…

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Misunderstanding ravens “nevermore”

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 Ravens are often depicted in literature and folklore as omens of bad luck, evil and death. The most famous may be the one in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, who torments a bereaved lover to madness by repeatedly croaking “nevermore.” A group of ravens is called an “unkindness,” or…

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Obituary for nature?

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 A few weeks ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made headlines by announcing the removal of 23 species from its endangered list. But this was not good news.  These species are not recovering, they are extinct and gone forever. The announcement was a belated obituary for these…

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10,000 acres of Atlantic white cedar forest to be restored

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 Step into a mature stand of Atlantic white cedar trees on a hot day and you’ll instantly feel cooler. These towering native evergreens grow so dense that they shade out sunlight and create forest floor habitat for ferns, sphagnum moss, liverworts, insect-eating plants, rare orchids and swamp pinks.…

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