The Untrammeled Wild was created with the primary intention of bringing awareness of conservation and wilderness preservation to a larger audience. We are very fortunate to live a country wherein we have access to millions of acres of land set aside for public use and enjoyment. Today, land managers across the US are faced with a growing dilemma of how to keep these places from being “loved to death” by over-use. Organizations such as Leave No Trace have partnered with our federal land management agencies to protect these places by providing education and research to outdoor enthusiasts, so that they may be inspired to enjoy them responsibly.
It is the goal of The Untrammeled Wild to give a unique, down-to-Earth perspective of resource conservation from “boots on the ground”. This website also contains educational information about bush skills, backpacking, foraging, survival, and primitive technology.
About the Author
Jay is currently working for the US Forest Service as a Backcountry Ranger in the Red River Gorge Geological Area and adjacent Clifty Wilderness. He is a proud member of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, and a Leave No Trace Trainer. Jay spends most of his time patrolling backcountry trails, conducting botanical research, and learning primitive skills.
- The Untrammeled Wild is not a business or a non-profit. It is simply a blog, and the author’s opinions stated within this site should not be represented as a direct message from any land management agency, federal or state.
- Many of the articles here are educational, but this blog should not be used as a primary resource for research. The author encourages viewers to explore other sources for information. Linked websites in blog posts are provided here for your benefit to research.
- This site contains some product review articles. These posts are simply the author’s findings from using the products – this site is not a buying-guide. Please do your own research.
- The author makes no claim to be an “expert” or “adept” in the matter of botany, or any subject, for that matter.
- All the plants and fungi the author gathers for foraging are collected in areas where he has permission, or such activity of harvesting plants and fungi is permitted. Please check your local laws, and respect others’ land. The author does not hold himself responsible for any injury acquired from foraging activities.
Please remember the following foraging guidelines:
- Never consume a plant or mushroom that you cannot positively identify – leave it alone. But make note of its location, local environment, and any distinguishing characteristics. Take a few photos for research.
- Always cross-check with multiple sources for accuracy. Field guides are great, but they cannot list everything. Be very wary of internet sources, and please do not rely on google images. But online plant encyclopedias, such as the USDA database and Gobotany New England Wild can be trusted. Also, meet and chat with other foragers in your area – you can never know too much, and new insight is always welcome.