Standing people.

May 7, 2012 § Leave a comment


“A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest.”  – Ursula K. Le Guin

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“The middle-elevation Sierras—from 4,500 to 7,000 feet—are notable for the world’s biggest trees. Almost as tall as the redwoods, the Giant Sequoias are much more massive, with heavy trunks and thick angular limbs. They grow in scattered groves, in company with Ponderosa Pines, in a narrow belt about 250 miles long. The Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon lacks the giant trees, but the ponderosa forests offer the same sunlit vistas. A ground cover of wildflowers and shrubs supplies seeds and berries for many birds and small mammals. Lively squirrels are plentiful, deer and bear are frequently seen, and even the elusive Mountain Lion occasionally wanders through these open forests.

This ecoregion contains one of the most diverse cone-bearing plant forests on Earth (typical examples of cone-bearing include cedars, cypresses, douglas-firs, firs, pines, redwoods, spruces, and yews). It has a wide range of habitat types and about 3500 species of plants, including 400 species exclusively native to this community, and about 400 species of animals.”

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“Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come.”  – Karen Joy Fowler

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“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Sierra Nevada forest

This ecoregion contains one of the most diverse temperate conifer forests on Earth.

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Sierra Nevada Red Fox

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“When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?”  – Seneca the Elder

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methuselah Inyo NF

“At 4,841 years old, this ancient bristlecone pine is the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth. Located in the White Mountains of California, in Inyo National Forest, Methuselah’s exact location is kept a close secret in order to protect it from the public.”


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“We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorours and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent, and intimate hours.”  – Marcel Proust

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“Two Trees
A portion of your soul has been
entwined with mine
A gentle kind of togetherness, while
separately we stand.
As two trees deeply rooted in
separate plots of ground,
While their topmost branches
come together,
Forming a miracle of lace
against the heavens.”  – Janet Mills


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