A year-end letter I sent in 1994 where I talk about the odd things you can recycle at a forest fire and winning a major forestry award in, of all places, Cleveland. Continue reading 1994 Highlights: An Almost Normal Life for a Naturalist
My 1989 year-end letter about an unconventional vacation on a tropical island, the Cartoonist Association’s annual cocktail party and forest fire fighting in Hells Canyon. Continue reading 1989 Highlights: An Off Beat Dominican Republic Vacation
This is the year-end letter I sent in 1988 about a fire crew’s life after a major fire. Continue reading 1988 Highlights: Forest Restoration After A Fire
The internet? Friend or foe? Now I need not limit myself to boring friends and family with my year-end letters. I can now bore complete strangers. And why settle for posting only one year-end letter when it’s almost as easy to post two, three, five, or even twenty five? This month I’m planning on posting one letter a day until Christmas.This is the first year-end letter I wrote after my first summer as a forest fire fighter in 1987. Continue reading 1987 Highlights: First Year as a Forest Fire Fighter
Fire season is upon us and that got me thinking about my days as a forest fire fighter.
It was one of my “other duties as assigned” when I was Siuslaw National Forest’s head naturalist at Cape Perpetua. These are excerpts from a journal I kept over the years. They first appeared in Backpacker Magazine.
“Concerned crew boss: ‘If you get hurt, be sure to tell me immediately so I can start the paperwork.’” Continue reading Excerpts from a Fire Fighter’s Journal