American Beech

The rediscovery of American Beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.)

The rediscovery of American Beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.)

Winter. I’ve never much cared for the cold. The moisture from my hot breath is forming icicles on the scarf wrapped around my head as I persevere upslope. “It’s easy to scorn away the beauty of the world in such temperatures”, I say to myself, awaiting the warmth of an elevated heart rate and rushing circulation. Eyes wide open; I begin to recognize a color and movement in the winter woods that I have often ignored...