OK folks, just wanted to update you all about my plan for this site. Those of you who have been following for awhile now know that I have a lot to contribute, and I cover a wide variety of topics and genres in regards to the outdoors. I’ve noticed that my posts are slowly drifting away from what most people consider “bushcraft”, delving more into the conservation aspect of things. This does not at all mean that I won’t talk about bush skills in the future; however, I feel that more people need to be made aware of the magnitude of our public, federally-managed lands, and how important they are, not just as ecosystems, but as places where we can go and reconnect with the natural world.
Working in the Mark Twain National Forest last year to help manage 3 wilderness areas became a life-changing experience for me. I got to experience, with my own eyes and ears, these special places in their raw, untamed and primeval state. I collected data for LAC (Limits of Acceptable Change) with regards to solitude and recreation, and I recorded the locations of invasive plants. This information is now being used to implement a better way to manage those areas. For they “…shall be be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness, and so as to provide for the protection of these areas, the preservation of their wilderness character, and for the gathering and dissemination of information regarding their use and enjoyment as wilderness.” ~ Wilderness Act of 1964
My current job with the Forest Service has given me the chance to be a team leader and show my co-workers the challenge we as land managers are facing with increased levels of visitor usage. As it is, we are fortunate enough to have the resources to start conducting LAC surveys of the Clifty and Beaver Creek Wilderness areas on the Daniel Boone National Forest.
All this said, I will be going forward to change the name and domain of this site soon (and before you ask, no, I have not yet decided what the new site identity will be). It just doesn’t seem fair to my audience if I continue to post without much of my articles being related to bushcraft in the New England region. I still consider myself a Yankee at heart, but just like my forefathers who came to this continent over 400 years ago, there’s a whole lot I want to explore. I think John Muir said it best: “The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
For those who are wondering, this blog will mostly focus on conservation, though I intend to continue posting about plant and tree ID, edibility, primitive skills, and my trip reports. It will have a sort-of journal-like feel to it. Now, don’t worry, the new site won’t be a total “clean slate”. I will keep much of the information that I’ve posted here, just under a new blog name and url. Furthermore, a fellow blogger reached out to me with plans of starting a community webpage for the New England region, including a calendar of events. He has requested that some of my previous articles be uploaded there, for which I am grateful to share. I will provide more information about that webpage as it becomes available to me.