October 14, 2020 Environment

Invasive Species

As the climate changes, our land management challenges change. We only have to look at the raging western wildfires see one kind of change. And, experts tell us that we can expect more because the trees are dry, not just the forest floor. These are disasters of unprecedented scale. For landowners, managing landscapes as the […]

July 16, 2020 Environment

Piney River Tennessean Op-Ed

I love my Cumberland Plateau farm, but I love the entire area, as well. I’ve worked to get wild places protected. I was not alone, of course. There are environmentalists, neighbors, political leaders and plenty of others helping. It’s about the environment. It’s about the people. And, it’s about the economy. It’s just so smart. […]

May 19, 2020 Environment

River Conservation and Ecotourism in River Management Society

Family time. We’ve all had a lot of it lately. Some is better than other! Still, occasionally, we have the awesome adventure that reminds us all that more than blood connects us. The outdoors helps us recharge ourselves and appreciate “the big picture.” I wrote this for the River Management Society to point out some […]

March 13, 2020 Environment

Cows, fire, and grasses: Reimagining routine tools

Environmental questions are often very complex. And cows have been the target of environmentalists and the subject of experimentation to reduce their carbon footprint. In a parallel tract, we are experimenting with new grazing techniques to increase native grasses, increase wildlife habitat, and potentially sequester carbon. My article in AgDaily explains how it works. Read […]

January 17, 2020 Environment

Ginseng. It’s all the thing.

National Geographic has a feature on ginseng emphasizing violence and crime. I have also written a story showing the 20 things I’ve learned about ginseng over the years. Please read my story on medium.

September 15, 2019 Environment

Zombie Flesh Eating Beetles

As published in AGDAILY Too often, my childhood dreams were haunted by Dawn of the Dead’s flesh-eating zombies. In a nightmare made real, and years later, I have to choose between flesh-eating Japanese zombie beetles and poison in order to save my Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee, hemlock trees. Poison, hemlocks and beetles, oh my. At Coal Creek […]

September 5, 2019 Environment

Going to Spring City, Tennessee this winter? You should check out Piney River.

As an avid kayaker, I’m always excited to share new spots, especially ones for beginners and intermediates to hone their skills. That’s why I was overjoyed to discover a half-mile stretch of kayaking heaven in Spring City, Tennessee. This natural section of the Piney River is a beginner/intermediate paradise and has fantastic access from the […]

April 22, 2019 Environment

Orchids and Writers Grow in Tennessee

This summer, my daughter Beatriz wrote a story about a walk in the woods and a wild native Cumberland Plateau, TN orchid. The Downy Rattlesnake Plantain is a cool plant and her article on it is now on the Telling Room website.

November 20, 2018 Environment

Burning Questions: Forest Management and Fire

Carr Fire 2018, Bureau of Land Management California Image. Pictures and videos of large-scale fires are scary to look at and watch; seeing, feeling and hearing a real forest fire is much much scarier. At Coal Creek Farm in East Tennessee, we burn about 500 acres of woods and shrub each year. Flames can exceed […]