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Tree Bark

Jami Dwyer

6/22/14 & 6/23/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Tree Bark," written by Peter Lesica, read by Anne Garde.

"I was out in the woods with my friend Cooper doing forest inventories in the Swan Valley, where we had to identify each tree in our plots. That's not hard to do in Montana because there are only sixteen species of conifer in the whole state. You just look up at the needles. But Coop wasn't looking up to identify the trees; he just looked at the trunk. He knew the trees by looking at the bark, and after a while, I learned to tell the trees by their bark, too."

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
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