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  •  thank you, from a tree lover (9+ / 0-)

    kinda depressing, but fascinating all at the same time.  and some politics and history thrown in, it really is a read for the whole (boring, in my case) family.

    it's one thing for you to express your views, but another for them to be different than mine - steven colbert

    by skyesNYC on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 06:23:08 AM PDT

    •  Don't be depressed! (18+ / 0-)

      Just head north about four hours (to my neck of the woods, so to speak...) and you'll encounter one of this country's great experiments in forest recovery.

      The 6 million acre Adirondack Forest Preserve contains over 3 million acre of woods that are constitutionally protected forever.

      And while this "experiment" is only about 110 years old, there are portions of the park that are true virgin forest. Barbara McMartin (who has written lots of hiking guides and other books about the area) estimates that there may be as many as half a million acres of "old growth" forest up here, including 200,000 acres that have never been logged.

      I had the pleasure of spending 3 seasons as a Wilderness Ranger for the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. I probably hiked a thousand miles under the canopy of some really old, really big trees. I sometimes call this area an intemperate rain forest as there is a whole other world under that canopy. It can be sunny and hot on the outside, but it's still almost raining under the trees some days.

      It's awesome. And inspiring. Natures own anti-depressant!

      "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

      by RonV on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 06:38:08 AM PDT

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      •  And out West... (9+ / 0-)

        we continue to find patches of Old Growth forests, of which there are many many types, (DougFir/White Oak, or Cedar/Aspen or Ponderosa/Juniper or Hemlock/Spruce or High Alpine Firs-Noble/Grand/Subalpine) which the loggers overlooked due to the steepness of the slope or the remoteness of the haul.

        Thre are prarie environments being preserved, High Desert environments, Marshland/Wetland of all varieites, and even Badland/Scrub ecosystems.

        All is not lost. We have the opportunity to recreate much of the ecology of the Ancient West given wisdom, patience and time. I have no doubt we will do so.

        I am very optimistic.

        Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

        by OregonOak on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 07:21:16 AM PDT

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    •  from another tree lover and (3+ / 0-)
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      mint julep, divineorder, Pariah Dog

      also a lover of the poets. And, of the American poets, Longfellow is most impressive! Evangeline was my favorite and when I moved to southern Louisiana as a seventeen year old, hating to leave behind the only other home I'd know, I felt a little like the poem's heroine.  I sought solice for my own loss in what was left of those massive, mossy trees and imagined myself in another time under the close dampness of their canopy.

      Find your own voice--the personal is political.

      by In her own Voice on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 07:20:26 AM PDT

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