From the Forest

You Can’t Get a Buck for Buck

I was at a German restaurant in Ulster County many years ago. On the menu was jaeger schnitzel. Apparently, in German, “jaeger schnitzel” translates into “hunter’s cutlets” traditionally made from either venison (deer meat) or boar. Today, jaeger schnitzel normally includes beef or sometimes even chicken. On the Specials Menu was written “New Zealand Venison Jaeger Schnitzel.” Coincidentally, I had […]

Where’s the Wood?

The “local movement.” It’s a big thing these days, or at least on paper. There is the “Buy Local” movement, followed by “Think Locally, Act Globally” bumper-sticker, and even a “Locavore” tribe of people found combing local forests and fields for wild edibles. Hey, I’m one of them. Normally, I’m in support of anything that makes people more self-sufficient and […]

Forestry – The estranged land use

I wasn’t raised on venison or deer meat; I was raised on beef. It was a common occurrence to eat beef two – three times per week growing up; whether it was hamburgers or mediumwell steak. However, about 15 years ago I began hunting deer regularly and gained more access to deer meat. I’d say for a good 10 years […]

Finding the right words: how to define yourself when you can’t see the forest for the trees

I normally run an annual Tree Identification woodswalk for members of the Catskill Forest Association (CFA). I usually jog down the list of important criteria to help decipher one tree from the rest. I describe overall form, buds, leaf-shape, fall foliage, stem or branchpattern, flower or fruit, or even the smell of a freshly broken twig. Sometimes I tell a […]

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