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With uncertain times, more people seeking skills to live off the land

Author, educator’s wilderness classes suddenly a hot commodity


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Author and wilderness skills educator Mark Warren during a hiking interview at his Medicine Bow school east of Pickens County in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

To show the type of life Mark Warren has had, consider that he is hoping his forthcoming book on Billy the Kid might reignite his music career.

Warren is the founder and educator at Medicine Bow, a wilderness school east of Pickens County in the Chattahoochee National Forest, where he has taught hundreds of people woodland skills ranging from basic edible plants to how to stalk animals.

He has also written a trilogy of well-received works on Wyatt Earp, composed music for the Atlanta Symphony and, as though that weren’t enough, won a national championship in whitewater canoeing in 1998; then a national championship in longbow archery in 1999.

At this point, the business of teaching Native American survival skills and Earthlore are his bread and butter, (or in this case his groundnuts and greenbriar).

With unease across the nation, more people have decided that knowing how to gather food from the forest may come in handy, Warren explained during an interview conducted while hiking around his wilderness classroom at Medicine Bow in early December.

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