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Natural History

What you need to know about comfrey

August 23, 2017

As a reputable tissue- and wound-healer, comfrey is an important plant for the apothecary and first aid kit. Learn more about identifying and using the powerful properties of comfrey from Lisa M. Rose, author of Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness.

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3 natural wonders to see while eclipse hunting in Oregon

August 14, 2017

So you’ve finalized your travel plans for #SolarEclipse2017, procured your fancy glasses, and kept up on the most important news updates. Now what?

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A sneak peek at The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

July 10, 2017

This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday! Her beloved Little House series tells a classic coming-of-age story in the pioneer spirit of the time and deeply rooted in the natural world. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books, by New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, explores […]

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The most important part of a plant’s environment

May 19, 2017

Here’s the dirt: soil is the medium in which roots are anchored and from which nutrients, water, and oxygen are obtained.

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The birds and the bees of plant reproduction

May 19, 2017

One of the special rewards of day-to-day work in a garden is witnessing the unfolding reproductive cycles of plants. Here are some interesting insights into the ways plants proliferate: when a stamen and a pistil love each other very much…

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Regional foraging: The taste of summer

May 9, 2017

Scroll to your region to discover the tasty summer flavors blooming in your area! For more foraging insights, check out our Timber Press Foraging Guides, perfect for newbies and experts who want to enjoy the abundance of wild foods in their region.

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Living Fire: Not your grandparents’ landscape

May 9, 2017

An excerpt from Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West by Gary Ferguson.

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An interview with Gary Ferguson of Land on Fire

May 4, 2017

“While the effects of climate change vary greatly region to region, the entire planet is being affected to some degree.”

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Get outside with this cross-country scavenger hunt

April 17, 2017

Summer is the ideal time to pack up for a journey from coast to coast. Whether you want to study the diversity of landscapes from the Pacific Northwest to New England (and everything in between), or you’re just enjoying afternoon explorations in your own backyard, our Timber Press Field Guides will inspire and educate. How many of these amazing natural wonders you can […]

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Sustainable wildcrafting

April 4, 2017

To determine whether harvesting is appropriate and to ensure that the places where we harvest medicinal plants remain healthy and viable for many generations to come, I encourage you to gain as much understanding as possible of the intricate web of interrelations that keep ecosystems functioning in a healthy way.

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