I came to Vermont to be the new Director of Operations for the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  I am sure it’s not a surprise to the reader to learn that this is an “indoor” job – finance and HR, hours at the computer screen.  But occasionally they let people like me out into the field to experience natural light and weather.  Today was such a day.

Today we had a staff retreat to the Eshqua Bog Natural Area in Hartland, just south of Woodstock.  There is soon to be a big project underway to rebuild the boardwalk for universal access, for which we have hired the Montpelier firm Timber and Stone.  Outside of this project, the site also has a couple of bridges in need of replacement, and so Josh and Alex from Timber & Stone were on hand to guide a group of largely inexperienced but enthusiastic volunteers in replacing the rotting structure in place with a solid, new 25-foot span.

To me this sounded like an ambitious plan for one day, Continue reading