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Ethan Crumley Reviews “Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey …”

Winter loosens its grip slowly on our maple- and snow-covered mountain, but as spring takes hold, the forest celebrates the change with showy ephemeral wildflowers. The joy in the discovery of the purple-streaked white flowers is complete when you learn their perfect name: “Spring Beauties.” One of the things I like most about working in …

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If a Tree …

Curiosity is at the heart of scientific thinking, and provocative essential questions fuel inquisitiveness–questions like: “If every tree in the forest drops every one of its leaves every year, why aren’t we buried up to our neck in millions upon millions of leaves?” For regional 5th graders coming to Merck Forest for multi-day field experiences, …

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Forest Management

Forest Management at MFFC Forests are dynamic, diverse ecosystems shaped by wind, ice, insects, wildlife, inter-tree competition, rain, soils, and humans. At Merck, part of our mission is to demonstrate sustainable forestry. By managing our forests we can produce forest products and services that benefit us, while positively impacting our forest ecosystems. Here’s an inside …

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Revel in the Rhythm of the Season

Autumn is a time to enjoy the brilliant colors of changing leaves, the fragrance of pumpkin spice wafting in the air, the sweep of gorgeous vistas, and the sounds of animals scurrying about gathering and preparing for the winter to come. Here at Merck Forest, Fern and Arch, our draft horses, have been enjoying the beautiful weather …

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