By Chris Anderson
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The temperature and rainfall are no longer to be entirely the work of some separate, uncivilizable force, but instead in part a product of our habits, our economies, our ways of life. Even in the most remote wilderness, where the strictest laws forbid the felling of a single tree, the sound of that saw will be clear, and a walk in the woods will be changed-tainted-by its whine. The world outdoors will mean the same thing as the world indoors, the hill the same as the house.... Yes, the wind still blows-but no longer from some other sphere, some inhuman place.
They're bright red plastic, screwed onto many of the newly created snags, a picture of a pileated woodpecker on the side. " Much of this language infuriates me. Calling a stream "an open-water system," as I heard a hydrologist do the other day, is just silly, and potentially dangerous. The real, concrete particulars get lost in abstractions. If you think of a forest as a multipleoutput commercial asset day after day, analyzable only on a spreadsheet, you forget how it smells and what it's like to walk in it in the morning.
Yes, the wind still blows-but no longer from some other sphere, some inhuman place. Reading McKibben the past few days, reflecting on my experience here the last year, I've started to understand the sound of the chain saws in the forest I live by as symbolic of the problems happening in every forest on the planet. Maybe I didn't make a mistake buying my house, moving to the edge of these woods. Maybe there are no better places to seek refuge than McDonald Forest because there are no better places.
Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest by Chris Anderson