A dark day for ducks

| Jan 3, 2003

A dark day for ducks

by C.W. Nicol

A Niigata sake brewery that would prefer to remain anonymous in this context, asked me to sit on a committee for an environmental trust they had just set up. They do brew the most excellent sake, so I happily agreed. They were making some ...

Carping over muddy ponds

| Dec 5, 2002

Carping over muddy ponds

by C.W. Nicol

Me and Mr. Matsuki, we’re developers. There — I’ve said it. We actually alter habitat. We haven’t got around to making golf courses yet, but about 10 years ago, when I bought another section of land to add to what is now the Nagano ...

Bear facts about honey traps

| Nov 7, 2002

Bear facts about honey traps

by C.W. Nicol

Twenty years ago, in arguments with officials of the Forestry Agency, which was clear-cutting great swaths of old mixed forest and selling off much of the timber to be turned into wood chips, I tried to stress the individual value of various trees. In ...

A woodland to call not my own

| Jul 4, 2002

A woodland to call not my own

by C.W. Nicol

On May 31 this year, our woodland here in Kurohime was finally designated as a Nagano Prefectural Trust, whose aim is to foster the rehabilitation of abused and neglected woodland, and to return it to greater and balanced biodiversity through continuing research and education. ...