I happened across this piece I'd written some years back--for Blog Action Day maybe--and thought it might have a place in what used to be the book I was writing and compiling from odd bits here and there that might deserve to see the light of day.
So I posted it at Medium.com today. Go there to read:
The Right To a Nature-Rich Childhood
For those who don't see my infrequent posts on the Book of Face, here is a link to the four part series on Forestry's Future that just completed its run in the Floyd Press.
When Forests Disappear / Fred First / Medium.com
Two weeks ago this morning I was in high clover--among vegetation and birdlife unlike anything around here, that's for sure.
Sarasota is another world, and on a beautiful balmy morning surrounded by herons and ibises and spoonbills and ducks and...
It was really the first time I've been able to use the long-lens function of the camera I got only last August. So here's a gallery of images in a slide show. Or click them individually at the gallery link here.
Part Two of a four-part series on Forests' Future, published in Floyd Press starting March 30.
What goes missing when a clearcut takes everything away from our ridges, slopes or valleys?
Extensive and prolonged logging so close to home was not just a personal concern. It was a community matter, too. Taking away the forest cover over many acres of steep mountain land impacts drinking water—if not mine, then a neighbor’s. Our valley floor's residential wells may draw some or much of their volume from the fractured rock under the adjacent deforested and herbicide-sprayed acreage.
Understandably, it disturbed me … Continue Reading ››
This is the first part of a four part series in the Floyd Press, first installment in this week's edition. -- FBF
When the oak leaves fell from November trees along the crest above the house, we were shocked to discover that the rounded ridge beyond and above us was now as smooth as a baby's bottom against the northern sky.
The south-facing flank of Lick Ridge had been clearcut. The sight alarmed and upset me--and not just because the aftermath of a clearcut is unspeakably ugly.
The intended future for that cleared ridge long after we're gone from here is not that … Continue Reading ››
I find it much easier to browse lately than to get in touch with the poor battered Muse from yesteryear. Alas, she is requesting a DNR order and who can blame her in such times?
And so I have broad-brush Google News alerts for topics impossibly broad like HEALTH. Perusing keeps me off the streets and gives me the illusion I'm "doing something." Just my previous ordinary writing is NOT doing something, the wife claims. So
It's pretty interesting the variety of things that turn up in said search that I would not … Continue Reading ››