Sunday, May 27, 2012
I visited Hendy Woods today, located in the Anderson Valley along the 128. These are the last of the ancient redwoods that remain growing along the Navarro River as far as I can tell. At 845 acres, its a gem of a park. It costs 8 dollars for day use, a fee I am not used to, but I guess its OK. It's worth it to keep the park open, and to use whatever facilities they offer.
"What's the current status of the park?" I asked the ranger at the fee booth.
"We will be open for another year!" The ranger happily answered.
Thanks to donations, Save the Redwoods League, and a newly formed nonprofit organization called Hendy Woods Community Inc., they have raised enough money and recruited enough volunteers to keep the park open. More information can be found here.
Just then, I heard the mother of one of the girls calling her daughter. The daughter replied,
"What do you want mom, this place is fine!"
"I want you to come back where we are sitting where I can see you," the mother responded.
"This spot is safe mom, the current isn't bad at all!" the daughter protested.
"The current isn't what I am worried about!" the mom explained.
(Oh no, I knew where this was going. Sometimes, it's a tad uncomfortable to be a lone male doing anything involving the outdoors around families.)
"We are fine right here mom!"
"There are a lot of strangers out here!" the mom said. "I can't help you if you get kidnapped!"
At this point, the daughter was still putting up a verbal protest. I had finished my lunch so decided to give the mom some peace of mind by leaving the scene. I can't blame her really, I also feel that humans are the most dangerous animals around. I still felt a tad bummed that we are all so fearful of one another.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
While hiking through the forest, I had to stop and admire several of the old growth trees that have been spared. There is a sense of joy, a sense of satisfaction when looking at an old growth tree. They look complete or something. I can only compare it to looking at a fine piece of art. I had to wonder if it would be possible to find a market for old growth trees, that wouldn't require cutting them down. Being poor and powerless, there is not much someone like me can do to save and protect these old trees. I can take pictures, and rant into the emptiness of the blogisphere, perhaps I can join a tree sit, or donate a few bucks here and there. However, I had to wonder if individual old growth trees could be sold to wealthy collectors, like fine pieces of art. Perhaps an "Adopt a Tree" program could be started, where orphan trees could be purchased and cared for by those who could afford to do so. I don't know the legality behind an idea like this. Is it possible that several hundred crucial old growth trees, or second generation redwoods with potential could be purchased from the logging companies if private citizens wanted to collect them? The "Adopt a Tree" organization could take in depth pictures of the tree for the buyers, perhaps do a scientific overview of each specimen, keep track of their statistics, organize camping trips for the donors to spend time with their tree. Maybe even climb into them. The logging companies would also win because they would get their money, the environmentalists would win because the old trees would remain, the trees would win because their lives would be spared. Humanity would win because perhaps we could learn to appreciate each tree as a unique individual as well as protect habitat. Now to find a few wealthy donors...
Sunday, May 20, 2012
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
here for the book, and click here for Joan Dunning's website.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Giant Douglas Fir (above)
Secondly, I was able to see the forest in terms of what it's potential is or was, rather than what currently exists. Above is a small section of cut forest. Maybe nothing shocking, but definitely devastating to what used to grow and live there.
I am currently finishing a book called "From the Redwood Forest" by Joan Dunning, that describes the debate around Headwaters that attracted national attention in the mid 90's. (I have to laugh how a Wikipedia page for Charles Hurwitz and his company MAXXAM "does not exist.") It's a long and complicated story, so I won't go into detail here. It's a fascinating read though, and the same problems that existed back then, are currently still playing themselves out now. After looking at what we have done to our forests, it's easy to say "Well, that's just the way it is." When you begin to dissect all the facts, statistics, and hear the stories, it's simply unbelievable.