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February 25, 2016
Squatter farmers of long ago - Sand plains

In the 18th century, squatter farmers in central Connecticut tried to grow crops on sand plains. They failed, because the soil resembles the desert, and they abandoned the land. Particular plants and trees thrive on sand plains, or sand barrens, just as very particular plants adapt to deserts. But the farmers' attempts to grow crops interfered with the sand plains. Seed bans of the failed plants reside in some of the remaining sand plains. And beause of this, the sand plains look different than they would have without that.

The human imprint showed up early. For thousands of...

Writing from Nature Workshop coming June 17
Fog, night, fear, and writing ideas - Clouds, cold, looking toward Franconia Ridge from

Have you ever thought that being scared and uncomfortable in nature might jolt you toward new ideas? 

People sometimes ask me why I go into the mountains by myself. I do it so that I will bang into the edge of comfort, free up my brain for new ideas to go pouring in. I've had brief meetings of the mind with people who are no longer alive, when I'm alone in the mountains. They didn't talk; that's not how it works. But I felt the insistent nudge to pay attention. In the distance, a hare passed through. Once at dusk, a friend and I heard a crashing sound in the...

January 7, 2016

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2016
contact information: Bethany Taylor, essays@watermanfund.org
MANAGING WILDNESS: THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM AND WILDERNESS
Waterman Fund 2016 Alpine Essay Contest

Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting and writing on the Northeast’s mountains. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy through essays that celebrate and explore issues of wilderness, wildness, and humans through the Fund’s annual essay contest.

In dual honor of the Centennials of...

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