Interpretation is fun!



Spoiler Alert:  These are the answers to my recently launched "Public Lands Puzzles" series: Word puzzles naming our nation's vast and beautiful public lands. To get next month's installment, just drop me an email.

Uh-oh. Are you stumped?  Find the answers to Public Lands Puzzle here:

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston, Georgia 


Known to early Indian tribes as “The Land of the Trembling Earth,” the Okefenokee is a vast cypress swamp (actually a type of peat bog) on the Georgia-Florida line. Think alligators -- lots of alligators.  My favorite adventure there:  Watching a family of sandhill cranes step delicately through the wetlands. The baby was still young and clumsy on long unsteady legs, like a foal.  He kept falling down in the muck. See samples of our work on the visitor center. 



Washington Monument Repairs 

 When's the last time you looked out over Washington, D.C., from the top of the Washington Monument? Try it again this spring, when this iconic landmark reopens, with earthquake repairs and new exhibits planned by a team including yours truly.  READ MORE

Nature's Navigators 

Every time I work on interpretive panels for another National Wildlife Refuge, I am astonished – again! – by the incredible journeys made by millions of birds every year. Read more... 

Traveling El Camino Real

Thanks to funding from the FHWA National Scenic Byways program, we have a great assignment this fall: creating interpretive signs for a section of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail in Santa Fe, NM.  Read More... 



Atlanta: City in a Forest

How does a fast-growing city keep its trees? Just ask Trees Atlanta – a non-profit dedicated to protecting existing trees and planting new ones throughout metro ATL. 

GIG just finished TA's new signage!


Swimming, Anyone?

A lone lifeguard chair remains at Horseshoe Bend Beach in Montana's Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. 

I'm spending most of a Georgia January daydreaming of faraway places-- Read More



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Dreaming of El Yunque....

It's a rainy day in Georgia, and a good day to work on my current project:
El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the USDA Forest
Service.  This beautiful Puerto Rican rainforest is green, green, green....
with flashes of absolutely brilliant color (birds, bromeliads, lizards, even
colorful snails).

The overgrown building in the photo was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), an economic stimulus program during the Great Depression that put young people to work creating some of our nation's great public places, including recreational trails and buildings in national parks and national forests, and scenic drives such as the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Here in El Yunque, the CCC built "Bano Grande" -- a great swimming pool way back when.

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