Six More Weeks of Winter

A few days ago, my husband announced, "All the snow will be gone is six weeks." He didn't literally mean that all the snow would be gone---it's 3 feet deep in the woods, and much deeper in banks along road edges. Piles will stick around a long time. But he did mean that most of … Continue reading Six More Weeks of Winter

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5 Things to Know about Snow Fleas

My husband and I traveled to the Lower Peninsula for a long weekend to visit family. We had some nervousness about making a quick trip in winter weather, so we decided to play it by ear and only leave if the weather forecast looked reasonably good. We arrived to warm (comparatively) weather, with temperatures as … Continue reading 5 Things to Know about Snow Fleas

Otter Point Woods: Invasive Plants

This post is part of a series that highlights sections of our forest management plan for Otter Point Woods. Invasive plants are bad plants. Okay, that definition is overly simplistic, but it does capture the general idea. Invasive plants are generally non-native or alien to a particular ecosystem and, most importantly, cause harm to the … Continue reading Otter Point Woods: Invasive Plants

Get What You Want: Writing Goals and Objectives for Your Woods

I've been writing a lot lately about Otter Point Woods and my working to update the forest management plan for the property. It's been a fun project, and I'm making good progress. At work, I spend a lot of time trying to help land managers and woodland owners think about how to ensure forests stay … Continue reading Get What You Want: Writing Goals and Objectives for Your Woods

Otter Point Woods: Climate

This post is part of a series that highlights sections of our forest management plan for Otter Point Woods. This particular post is little more data-dorky than normal, but I hope you find the links useful to look up information about your local climate since climate is important for plant growth—and pretty much everything else. … Continue reading Otter Point Woods: Climate

Otter Point Woods: Property History

This post is part of a series that highlights sections of our forest management plan for Otter Point Woods. “Buy land, they aren't making it anymore.” – Mark Twain. Here's what might be the most unique thing about Otter Point Woods—it is new land. At the turn of the 20th century, there was just Otter … Continue reading Otter Point Woods: Property History

Introducing Otter Point Woods

What's new? What have you been up to? I feel like I never have anything to tell people when they ask me what is new in my life. Between not having kids and purposefully working to maintain a drama-free lifestyle, nothing comes to mind as particularly worthy to mention. So I usually say "not much" … Continue reading Introducing Otter Point Woods