14 Sep '11, 6pm

Green Blog: Hard Lessons in the Maine Woods

Green Blog: Hard Lessons in the Maine Woods

Craig Leisher Using the Jeep as a log skidder to clear the road in the Maine woods. For my job at the Nature Conservancy, I spend a lot of time planning fieldwork in remote places where I study how conservation benefits people in poor communities. So I approached my family’s year in the woods as if it were fieldwork in a new country. I read all I could before going and talked to people who were already living off the grid in the woods of Maine to understand the local risks. Unexpected problems always arise in fieldwork, but it’s part of the adventure. How else could I know to never give Stalin a thumbs down in Azerbaijan or the importance of quick reflexes on Highway One in Vietnam? For the north woods of Maine, I learned about the dangers of the mother moose, deer ticks and poison ivy. I gleaned tips on surviving the long, cold winter. Unsurprisingly, it’s what I didn’t k...

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