Friday 3 December 2021

Timber Wars

Joseph Wood Krutch: When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him Vandal. When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God we call him Sportsman . . . or a logger.

Following on from my education about the interconnectedness of Salmon, I found myself listening to the a 7 part podcast from Oregon Public Broadcasting called Timber Wars or how the spotted owl Strix occidentalis [R ¿looking hunted?] helped save [fragments of] the old growth forest in the Pacific NorthWest. As we saw in my previous, the forest provides food, shelter, gravel and ambient temperature for the very first teeny-tiny stages of this beautiful and tasty fish. And, of course, the forest as a million year developed ecosystem is home to a beboggling variety of insects, molluscs, fungi and and potential antibiotics . . . as well as board-feet of building lumber.

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