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Matt Dickerson: Giving the gift of time (and Nordic skiing)

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Hunting and slowing down

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
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This is the time of year when a significant number of Vermonters disappear into the woods for hours on end and just sit. Quietly. Listening. I’m often one of those Vermonters. We are out there, of course, because it is the annual 16-day rifle season for whitetail deer.

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Matt Dickerson: Our fishing rivers are under threat

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
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I recently experienced a good scare. It was the kind of scare you get when you think about something really beautiful being transformed into something horrible, or about life being threatened by death. And it had nothing to do with Halloween.

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Matt Dickerson: Two days in autumn

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Paddling the canoe around Lake Dunmore with my wife has become an annual October outing. If we don’t get our 17-foot Old Towne out at least once while a misty hillside above the Falls of Lana is blurred with red and orange and yellow, autumn feels incomplete.

What isn’t an annual outing is bringing our big black Lab along for the paddle, or being able to go out on the water without a coat or sweater.

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Matt Dickerson: Big trout, warm weather

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I recently had a chance to fish for a day and a half in one of those small New England streams that holds surprisingly big trout. I was staying with my brother for a couple nights in the newly opened Medawisla Lodge, in a 75,000-acre conservation area run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. It sits in a land of many waters in the space between Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park where the Appalachian Trail ends (or begins) at Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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Matt Dickerson: On trout and self-sacrifice

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
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A little more than 28 years ago I arrived in Addison County, moved into a new home in Bristol, and began my job at Middlebury College. I was relatively newly wed and still adjusting to married life. I’d never held a full-time teaching position, and had never owned a home. Though both of my wife’s parents had been born in Vermont, I had never lived in the state. It was a time of transition and uncertainties.

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Matt Dickerson: Of grasshoppers, black stoneflies and stream etiquette

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



As I started home a few days ago, along a concrete walkway adjacent to some tall grass, I couldn’t help but notice the numerous grasshoppers rising from the edge of the sidewalk. They leapt or fluttered waist-high into the air, covered a dozen feet to a new patch of grass farther from my big tromping feet, and disappeared once more into the tangle of weeds and wildflowers.

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Matt Dickerson: Bird watching on a trout stream

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Over the past few years I’ve been reading and learning a great deal more about the interconnectedness of stream and forest: the intimate interdependencies of terrestrial ecology and aquatic ecology. The dependencies go in both directions. Aquatic life depends on terrestrial life, and vice versa. Or to turn the motto of Las Vegas on its head, what happens on shore doesn’t necessarily stay on shore.

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Matt Dickerson: Glacier National Park Diaries 4 — Grizzly bears, birds and snow

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Editor’s note: Matt Dickerson was an official artist in residence at Glacier National Park in Montana last month. This is the fourth in a series on his experience there.

I arose at 3:40 a.m. on my final full day at Glacier National Park. Twenty minutes later I walked out the door with a thermos of coffee, picnic lunch, daypack and various cameras, heading up to the Continental Divide on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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