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This article was published in American Forests, 1992.
The goals and dreams of the Baron of Castle Canstein reflect lessons learned over centuries of forest use and abuse.
“With a huge key, the Baron unlocked the heavy wood door. The room in the tower was cool, dry, and dim, just as an archives should be. The thick stone walls had been built in the 17th century for that very purpose, and now hold metal shelves lined with […]
This essay was published in Sojourner, 1995.
An Essay to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II.
“From the upland gardens of Dachau Palace, the city of Munich, where I was born in 1948, unfurls like a scroll along a flood plain at the foot of the Alps. The script of its steep rooflines and Gothic trim is illegible at this distance, but the bold, vertical dash of the modem Olympia tower punctuates the sky. Below it, […]
This article was published in American Forests, Summer 1997.
The stuff of legends, Germany’s 1,000 year-old oaks have thrived through centuries of foragers, wars, and political change.
“In the former East Germany resides a stand of trees older even than the 1,000-year-old state in which they stand. Perhaps the oldest trees in Europe, rivaled only by Poland’s Bialowieza Forest, Mecklenburg Western Pomerania’s dozen or so Ivenack Oaks, as they are known, are both an awe-inspiring state treasure […]
Original essay written in 2014 describing changes in former East Germany since I first visited there in 1991.
“Don’t worry about the land mines,” said Holger Galonska, district forester for the former East German state of Mecklenburg. “They’ve all rusted away by now.”
“He turned the Trabant from the old border road along the Elbe River into an open field that once was a death zone. My German was good enough to understand him, which did not reassure me.
This article was commissioned by the Society of American Foresters and published in the SAF’s The Forestry Source.
“‘It’s the trip of a lifetime!’ everyone said during the SAF-sponsored German Study Tour in August and the two-week excursion was barely half-over. The group had seen Munich and the forests of Bavaria. But the heart of the trip was a remembrance of Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck (CAS), the legendary forester who left his […]
“The Grimm Brothers’ Worst Nightmare: Wolves Thriving in Germany” was published in Rewilding Earth, March 2020. Inexplicably, this story gained me an invitation to join the Rewilding Leadership Council, which put me way out of my league.
“It was Grandparents Day last August at the kindergarten in Cumlosen, a village in former East Germany. There were outdoor games, face painting, singing, and a small carousel. Then the teachers did a skit: the Big Bad […]