March 06, 2014, by Scott Gast
Here in rural New England, what remains of our forests tends to reside in the hard-to-reach places—the hillsides, the upland creek beds, the mountain hollows. These hidden places are also home to hemlock, the tree species that, perhaps more than any other, gives eastern forests their subtle magic. In the new issue of Orion, author Robert Sullivan gives the trees—which are currently under grave threat by an invasive insect—a fond farewell. Listen close, and you might hear them speak.
Also in the new issue is journalist Meera Subramanian’s report from the shores of New York City, where, two years after Hurricane Sandy battered its coasts, residents are looking to a surprising muse—nature—for clues to climate resilience.
Also on the web from this issue is the story of an inter-species roadside rescue effort, ten remedies for cabin fever, and a report from a theatrical event that’s making sure environmentalism includes everybody.
Finally—and we’d be remiss not to say it—we hope you’ll pick up a copy of Orion in print. That’s where you’ll find the lush images, beautiful design, and slow reading experience you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll also have the chance to read stories not available online, including Paul Kingsnorth’s meeting with mystery in the heart of a mountain, and the illustrative return of Walt Whitman.