Campers: you need healthy trees in order to have firewood

The smell of burning marshmallow lingers in the air. A log pops in the pit near my feet. Smoke trails off of our wood and my eyes slowly follow the fume up - into the darkness. Stars gleam carelessly above us. The edges of my vision are bordered by the sharp edges of tall pines. … Continue reading Campers: you need healthy trees in order to have firewood

Skiers: lack of future snow could affect the slopes

Flurries stick to my eyelashes. Today’s lift tag whips against my snow pants. As we near the top of the hill, I pull my goggles back down and prepare to jump off. The wind stings my cheeks. I pull my neck-warmer up over my mouth, trying to protect myself from the cold. A fresh snowfall … Continue reading Skiers: lack of future snow could affect the slopes

Hikers: the air quality at your National and State Parks is compromised, thanks to pollution

Wide open skies stretch for miles. Mountains rise tall in the distance. The sun scorches my exposed forehead. Rust-colored dust from the surrounding rocks settles on top of my hiking shoes, slips past my woolen socks, and fills in the gaps between my toes. My two best friends and I have traversed nearly fifteen miles … Continue reading Hikers: the air quality at your National and State Parks is compromised, thanks to pollution

Birders: the birds that you are used to seeing fly around Wisconsin skies are changing

A ladybug curiously saunters across a page of the Nicholas Sparks paperback that is perched on my knee. The setting sun heats my face. I close my eyes, soaking it in. Bird chirps echo through the woods. My best friend and I crack open a pomegranate. Red juice drips out. A breeze comes along, brushing … Continue reading Birders: the birds that you are used to seeing fly around Wisconsin skies are changing

Anglers: it will be hard for you to ice fish when lakes and rivers do not have ice

Three pairs of boots shuffle across the ice. A bucket drags behind. I anxiously twist my neck around - subsequently shifting the auger over my shoulders - every time I hear a noise out of the ordinary. Of course, the ice is a few inches thick. That doesn’t mean that the occasional falling shoreline icicle … Continue reading Anglers: it will be hard for you to ice fish when lakes and rivers do not have ice