Once upon a time a young lady was sitting on a clearing in the middle of a beautiful old forest. Birds were singing and bees humming. The wind was moving the leafs slightly. She felt tired, her eyes shut and she started to dream. She dreamed that she was able to fly, she reached the top of the canopy and had a fabulous view over the entire forest landscape below. Her eyes drifted over the green surrounding when she suddenly saw something that changed her life forever!
What we do to earth we do to ourselves - What we do to our forests we do to ourselves!
Notes of the Author
My concerns are international and my book compares the wisdom our Native American culture developed about the details of nature to the values our western culture places on nature. Our indigenous people lived with nature and were required to understand the complexity and detail of their surroundings to survive. 34 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service and after reviewing the curriculum of most forestry schools in the US, I find the focus of our science to be on what we can take from the forests rather than what is needed to keep our remaining forests healthy, vigorous and, above all else maintain or improve the diversity of the forest mosaic. I am suggesting intensive forest management that recognizes and manages the unique individual forest communities that make up our forests. I truly believe that diversity is the key to sustainability, balance and health of our remaining forests. Focusing our efforts on the needs of the remaining forested lands will provide the valuable natural resources from pour forests we have relied on for hundreds of years.
Brian E. Stout