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TrekEast Blog 53: Northern Green Mountains of Vermont and Quebec

The once and future Eastern Wildway does not stop at the United States/Canada border; and indeed, in places, it’s at its wildest near there. Moose, bears, bobcats, coyotes, otters, osprey, owls, and others of our wild neighbors may live parts of their lives in the Northern Green Mountains of Vermont and parts of southern Quebec’s Sutton Mountains – same range, different name – without ever knowing they’ve crossed an international border. Photo: John Davis

A man in shorts carries a red canoe above his head. He is surrounded by green vegetation and a few trees.

TrekEast Blog 52: Adirondack Rambles

The great walker and writer Henry David Thoreau noted in his most famous work, Walden, that he had traveled extensively around his home on Walden Pond, Massachusetts. I took inspiration from his sauntering lifestyle while I was back home in the eastern Adirondack Park – enjoying a little adventure every day, seeing new parts of the Park, especially my neighborhood of Split Rock Wildway, by trail or stream or lake or back-road or bush, as weather and time dictate. Photo: John Davis

In the foreground is a large pine whose trunk is partially covered by a gray boulder. In the background are green mountain ranges and a white, cloudy sky.

TrekEast Blog 49: Exploring New York’s Catskill Park

Living in New York’s Adirondack Park – with more than 3 million acres conserved, the largest protected area complex in the East – it is easy to overlook New York’s many other reserves. Some Adirondack enthusiasts see its smaller sister, Catskill Park – with only about a tenth as much protected habitat – as something like what a “lite” beer is to a good thick stout. Photo: John Davis

Cars driving on both sides of the freeway. Tall buildings are visible in the background.

TrekEast Blog 47: Roadkill Nation, PA

After a few thousand miles of riding, you begin to feel the animals’ pain. They are visible nearly every mile of road, dismembered, crushed, fur and bones strewn about, carcasses in the margins – broken bodies who once had families and felt joy and pain, like we do. We run over them by the billions. Photo: John Davis

A large rock peeks out from behind a row of green trees. Yellow grass covers the foreground. Scattered clouds are visible in the background.

TrekEast Blog 45: North Fork Mountain and Seneca Rocks, WV

North America’s temperate forests are remarkably oaky. When I hiked and biked over Spruce Knob, the top of West Virginia (4,863’), I went from waters that drained to the Gulf of Mexico via the Cheat and Ohio and Mississippi Rivers east to waters that drained to the Atlantic Ocean via the Potomac River, and from moist northern hardwood and spruce forests down to oak-hickory forests in the rain shadow of the Allegheny Mountains. Photo: John Davis

Round, brown bat with white nose hangs upside-down.

TrekEast Blog 42: Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Monongahela National Forest

Friends of Blackwater Canyon is a tough little group with a big mission: to save and restore the natural and cultural heritage of the mountains of West Virginia. Together with the Center for Biological Diversity, Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, Wild South, and Wilderness Society (all of whom we’ve also talked with along this trek), Friends of Blackwater recently won a lawsuit to restore protection under the federal Endangered Species Act of the West Virginia northern flying squirrel. Photo: Larry Master,

Two people kayak on a brown, murky river lined with green vegetation.

TrekEast Blog 39: Bluegrass and the Kentucky River

Most conservationists agree that we will not save enough wild country until we have sustainable economies – that ultimately ecological integrity and economic health are inseparable. Yet TrekEast so far has been much more about protecting big wild cores and the links between them than about promoting sustainable uses of the buffer lands around ecological reserves. Photo: John Davis