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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-11 02:58 PM
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97. Yes.
Edited on Sat Feb-05-11 03:02 PM by Gregorian
Just seeing that Oregon had become a tree farm. Monoculture. as enough to send me packing.

I should share something. I just hired a "landscaper" to help me with my ranch. I bought a seriously messed up timber property. Clearcut three times in the last century. This man is from Germany. He was taught by the old school artisans who lived through WW1. We're taking areas that are completely bare, and eroding, and turning them around. It's the most amazing schooling I've had in a long time. I'm taking pieces of forest from a healthy section, and transplanting them into other more vulnerable areas. We're working to stop erosion, and rebuild the forest. At least this little piece of it. This man lives without refrigeration, I think I already mentioned in another post. That alone is pretty amazing. But he has a philosophy. To begin living properly on a personal level. And to begin turning the planet around one tiny bit at a time. I am convinced there is no way in hell we're pulling out of this without massive suffering. But this little ray of light is the first I've seen. I've never met anyone who can do this. Landscaping in the western way of thinking is just brute force. Jam a plant here and there. This man has vision. He sees what is already there. He simply follows what is already there. It's not that what he's doing will even have an impact that will do any good. But it's that I see someone doing good stuff. Being and doing good. Not stuffing a stupid CFL into a socket. It's a reversal of where we have been going. It's the direction that he's going. Rather than trying to sustain what isn't working, he is turning around and saying that we can go back, and we can survive without ruining this phenomenal place.

I don't know. It's just a good feeling. But more than that, at some point we will have to begin living in a way that has less impact. It may be just a few people left after some disaster. People trying to farm lands with limited water, and higher temperatures. Billions already gone. Somewhere along the line we will be surviving. This is just a glimpse into how that might work out.
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