Follow the Trail with Bill Reid,
The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger

The Return of the Bald Eagle – a Perfect Way to Celebrate Earth Day

April 24, 2017

I can think of no better way to recognize Earth Day – today – than to explore our region’s success with the return of bald eagles. When Earth Day began in 1970, the bald eagle had been reduced dramatically in numbers. They were only found […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Earth Day continues to grow, change

April 19, 2017

Next Saturday is Earth Day and I wanted to share my thoughts about this special annual event and urge you to join with others in your community to celebrate our one and only planet Earth. Each April 22, we are asked again to consider the […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Appreciate where we live

April 10, 2017

“I do not know whether it is possible to love the planet or not, but I do know that it is possible to love the places we can see, touch, smell and experience.” — David Orr, Earth in Mind This time of year makes me […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Woodcock courtship ritual something to behold

April 4, 2017

I was about 12 years old when I first witnessed the magical springtime courtship ritual and flight display of the male American woodcock. It was an early spring evening at dusk and I was outside enjoying the pastoral views from my grandparents’ old farm in […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: It’s time to spring outdoors

March 28, 2017

Just a few days ago, at 6:28 a.m. Monday, marked the Vernal Equinox — the first day of spring. The winter of 2017 will go down as relatively mild, with not too many snowstorms in The Last Green Valley, though March certainly went out like […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Take precaution against ticks

March 20, 2017

On Feb. 25, I went for a hike on one of our region’s land trust properties. It was a beautiful winter day. The February thaw was in full force and, with just traces of snow in the woods, the trail was easily passable with only […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Optics pioneer one of region’s most remarkable women

March 13, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Optics pioneer one of region’s most remarkable women It was just last month while researching my Bulletin column on the American Optical Company and the Optical Heritage Museum that I first learned about Dr. Estelle Glancy. In celebration of Women’s […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Little bufflehead duck makes brief annual visit

March 6, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Little bufflehead duck makes brief annual visit For several years I lived near Witches Woods Lake in Woodstock. We could see the lake from our kitchen window and I frequently took advantage of a nice walking trail that went along […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Sprague Land Preserve an extraordinary place

February 27, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Sprague Land Preserve an extraordinary place With the recent warm temperatures and snow melt, my thoughts are turning to springtime forest rambles. This spring, I have my sights on a very special place located in Sprague and Franklin. The first […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Old New England barns stand test of time

February 20, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Old New England barns stand test of time I have been fascinated with barns since I was very young. The old barn at my grandparents’ farm in New Hampshire was always my first stop during our visits. While it had […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Curious springtails are the snow fleas of winter

February 13, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Curious springtails are the snow fleas of winter I was about 10 years old the first time I discovered snow fleas, or what are really called springtails. The large pile of wet snow underneath the old oak tree in our […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Reading the forested landscape

February 6, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Reading the forested landscape The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is more than 1,000 square miles with 707,000 acres of land. Our region is 77 percent undeveloped land with 67.1 percent forested land including 12.3 percent coniferous forest (pine […]

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