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Even though 40 tree-generations have passed since the glaciers, equilibrium has yet to be established, according to Forests & Trees of the Adirondack High Peaks Region by Edwin H. Ketchledge. Species still compete for territory, he writes, in an ebb and flow of fire, climate, insect and fungal attacks, land use and logging.

Ketchledge’s book, first published by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 1967, is a pocket-size field guide as well as a key to understanding the landscape. Ketch, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division’s Italy campaign, has dedicated his life to Adirondack conservation, botany and teaching. Only poets have written so fondly about trees. Today he is retired from the State Univer­­sity of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, living in the Adirondack town of Peru with his wife, Jean.

“Fall is the best time to stand on a high summit and visually scour the high country landscape,” he writes. “[The colors] will reveal to you which forest areas have a story to tell.” Fall is also the best time to pick up some luminous leaves from the trail. They too have a story to tell.

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The House That Larry and Nancy Built

About a week ago I watched the videos of this project at www.wildcenter.org/netzerohouse. Then I found this link to an article by the owner. The house they built is awesome… Go check it out.

On a sunny April afternoon a local realtor phoned to say that a place had just come up for sale on River Road in Lake Placid. My wife, Nancy, and I had been looking half-heartedly for a lakeshore property for several years, but the Realtor knew us better than we knew ourselves. When we first laid eyes on the property we were awestruck. The view from the existing cottage, of the Sentinel wilderness and the West Branch of the Ausable River, was nothing short of spectacular.

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