Syndicated Op-eds

“Op-Ed” means “opposite to the editorial page,” and expresses a personal viewpoint. My columns were written for distribution by Blue Ridge Press and later by Bay Journal News Service, and were published in a wide variety of newspapers from the Maine Times-Record to The Baltimore Sun and Roanoke Times to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and online at Alternet, various blogs, and other sites. Here is a sampling.
2016
Featured - Photo of Mountains in Winter

Our Million-Plus Acre Backyard Commons: Triumphs and Tragedies”

“Our Million-Plus Acre Backyard Commons:  Triumphs and Tragedies” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, February 2016. “There’s no grill in my big back yard, no swing set, and no swimming pool, unless you count the rock-bottomed bowls along Reedy Run as it cascades to the Shenandoah River. They’re mainly trees here in the George Washington National Forest (GWNF) along the Virginia-West Virginia line. Just trees, creeks and 100,000 species of wildlife. My home borders the forest, so my back yard […]
2014
Featured: Chris with Outdoor Writers Association Awards - 2015

Parasitic Pipelines Worm Way Through Earth

“Parasitic Pipelines Worm Way Through Earth” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, December 2014. It also won 1st place in the 2015 Virginia Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft Contest, Column Category.   “Burrowing beneath the skin of the Earth all across the United States, new oil and gas pipelines are erupting in a rash of environmental destruction. More than 20,000 miles of new pipelines were built between 1998 and 2008, and tens of thousands more are under construction or […]
2014
People gathered to discuss concern for conserving forests - October 2018

Citizen Voices Protected George Washington National Forest

“Citizen Voices Protected George Washington National Forest” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, November 2014. Won second prize in 2015 Virginia Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft Contest, Column Category (see related link above for 1st place). “Living next door to the 1.1-million acre George Washington National Forest, along the mountainous Virginia/West Virginia border, has both pros and cons. Pros are clean air and water, many more tree neighbors than people, and the right of every citizen to tell the […]
2014
A small waterfall in the forest

Of Wilderness and Water: The Fate of the George Washington National Forest

“Of Wilderness and Water:  The Fate of the George Washington National Forest” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, April 2014. “‘This is the heart of why I work for Wilderness,’ said Lynn Cameron, a retired university librarian and volunteer for the grass-roots conservation group, Virginia Wilderness Committee. We were on top of the world, or close to it, at the historic High Knob Fire Tower on 4,100-foot-high Shenandoah Mountain, along the Virginia/West Virginia border. Rolling away below us in wave […]
2013
Featured Image - View of fracking operation during the night.

Hidden in the Hollows: My Frack-finding Weekend in West Virginia

“Hidden in the Hollows:  My Frack-finding Weekend in West Virginia” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, May 2013. “A shiny new drill rises like a monument to risk-taking in the view from Diane Pitcock’s porch; its low rumble, like a perpetually busy superhighway, rolling across the half-mile of fields between them. “’West Virginia is the heart of the Marcellus shale gas formation, but nobody had heard of that when we retired here seven years ago,’ Pitcock said. Since 2005, when […]
2013
Man cleaning solar panels

Snug and Smug with Solar Power: Keeping on the Sunny Side of Storms

“Snug and Smug with Solar Power:  Keeping on the Sunny Side of Storms” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, March 2013. “Snug and Smug with Solar Power: Keeping on the Sunny Side of Storms” was published in Bay Journal News Service, March 2013. “So hate me. All around, millions of people are losing electric power as trees and other inappropriate objects crash down on power lines. It doesn’t matter anymore what storm it is. At least three recent storms of […]
2012
Featured Image - Animal Tracks in snow on a frozen pond

Exurban Cowboys Pen in Biodiversity

“Exurban Cowboys Pen in Biodiversity” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, November 2012. “When the husband and I bought wooded acreage in the Virginia mountains 30 years ago, we thought we were part of the Back to the Land movement. Turns out we were also part of an exorbitant growth in exurban land use. Defined as low-density rural development, exurban growth has reversed the previous long-term demographic trend of rural residents moving into cities. By now, everyone’s heard the […]
2011
Featured: Car on a dirty snowy road with giant wind turbines in the distance

Clean may not always be green where Wind Power is concerned

“Clean may not always be green where Wind Power is concerned” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, March 2011. “Hundreds of people recently gathered at an Annapolis rally to promote offshore wind power, energized for change. A wind “superhero” in a blue and silver costume roamed the crowd with a flowing cape, while a grungy coal-costumed man symbolized the dismal alternative. The crowd’s mood was upbeat and the message was clear: Wind power can transform the world. But wind […]
2003
Featured: Bear Tracks - Little Dry Run, WA

On the Road to Ruin: Why did the Bear try to Cross the Road?

“On the Road to Ruin:  Why did the Bear try to Cross the Road?” was distributed by Bay Journal News Service, March 2003. “Hundreds of people recently gathered at an Annapolis rally to promote offshore wind power, energized for change. A wind “superhero” in a blue and silver costume roamed the crowd with a flowing cape, while a grungy coal-costumed man symbolized the dismal alternative. The crowd’s mood was upbeat and the message was clear: Wind power can transform the world. […]