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WPC – Danger


This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you.* A view down the steep hill you’re about to bike, the last piece of cake that’s in danger of being eaten, signage in your town warning you about gigantic sword-toting shrubbery — there are lots of places you can take this, not all of them scary. I’m girding my loins!

“It’s logic: The more forests die, the less carbon they take out of the air, the warmer it gets, the more forests die.” ~ Dr. Nate McDowell, Los Alamos National Laboratory ~

Danger! to me is watching the haphazard destruction of the forests from Albany north to the Adirondacks. It makes me wonder if people have gone mad in their quest to control the environment and line their pockets. Yes, we all need to eat and have homes, but where does the greed and destruction end?

The area in these photos is near my home and was a beautiful wooded area, one of the reasons I chose to live here. A beautiful treed area with ponds and hiking trails it was home to deer, turkey, rabbits, fox, woodchucks, birds, butterflies and many other wildlife enjoyed this as their home. Many local people hiked through the trails for years before I relocated here.

“The trees are our lungs, the rivers our circulation, the air our breath, and the earth our body.” ~ Deepak Chopra ~

Over the last few months, the area has been clearcut. It is sad to witness this destruction of such a beautiful area.

I called to ask why they were clear cutting, the sign says preservation. This doesn’t look like preservation to me. It isn’t my land so I really have no say, yet my heart aches watching the destruction. Danger! Wildlife Habitat Restoration – Preserve Commission apparently does not mean preservation of trees or the land.

The trees absorbed the stench of the landfill as well as the fumes and the noise pollution from the two nearby merging highways. Now anyone living in the area is exposed to the constant roaring of cars driving on the highways and the stench of the landfill fills the air. The gentleman on the phone said it hurt him to cut down the oak tree. My question was, why would you cut down a perfectly healthy oak tree? He shared they are returning the area to the way it was 75 years ago – a time when the pine bush grew in the area. He assured me that the wildlife living in the area found a new place to live and will return once the bush grows (in 6-7 years). I asked where he thought the wildlife would have found to live in the suburban sprawl of malls, strip malls, highways, and traffic congestion. He didn’t have an answer for that one. He said I would enjoy it once the shrubs have grown and I assured him I wouldn’t be living in the area that long.

Danger! to wildlife in the area, any remaining trees will be felled by the end of summer so I hope they have found a way to protect themselves for the next 6-7 years.

I still have hope for a wake-up call to all those who do not understand the importance of the trees and the fact that they are our lungs, our shade, our coolness in the summer and protection in the winter. An awareness that clear cutting and destruction of the forests, especially old growth forest, is not something that can be easily repaired. It will take decades if not centuries to restore. With the current administration in the United States, I am not sure what will happen to our natural habitat but I pray for an awakening and transformation in mindset to one of balancing the importance of maintaining a healthy environment with the material needs of the population. All the money in the world will not replace the need for a healthy environment.

Today, I dream of a world filled with a variety of trees lining the streets, filling the parks, shading playgrounds, thriving old growth forests, and a preservation of natural habitat.

What can you do? Teach your children the importance of maintaining a balance with nature and bring them into natural settings to learn about trees, fungi, soil, nature . . . Read books –  The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben; The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford or  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv to name a few. Take a walk in nature and connect with the trees and wildlife. Slow down, revitalize your spirit in nature.

Love and Light!

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Author: spiritofdragonflies

My purpose in life is always transforming and expanding. The focus is still to inspire others to reach their goals, dreams, higher selves, but now mainly to guide you back to a connection with nature, with living simply, finding joy in the everyday experiences. Are you ready to transform your life forever, to enhance your health, peace and joy in life? Allow me to guide you along the steps toward reaching your inspirational, joyful life. I am a lover of life, a certified Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide, Certified QSCA Life Coach, Therapeutic Touch practitioner, amateur photographer, and aspiring writer taking steps to reach my own goals and loving every minute. Love and Light!

11 thoughts on “WPC – Danger

  1. It’s always sad to read when healthy trees are clear felled. We have similar issues here – where alien vegetation is being cleared to restore indigenous plants and build biodiversity. It’s a difficult call; there have been many protests and in some areas a compromise is made where mature trees are allowed to remain because of their historic, intrinsic value. Interestingly the areas that have been cleared and indigenous plants reintroduced the ecosystems have started to recover and improve and interrelated biodiversity is happening. Maybe it is a rectifying of old traditions?

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    • If I wasn’t reading The Hidden Life of Trees I would be sadden but not as concerned. Reading this book is opening my eyes to humans need to control the wilderness without any true understanding of the science of the forest. There are quite a few experts out there and governments, localities, corporations don’t want to learn to truth. I do what I can for now. My goal is to own a forested area and allow it to thrive into an old growth well beyond my time here on earth:)


  2. Eloquent! I love your way of describing the experience of being in those trees. I wonder if you would consider writing this to your local congressperson? I know it seems these days like nothing gets done by lawmakers, but I have started becoming more active (with grassroots activist groups) since the Election last Fall, and stories like yours often make a difference. At least, it would bring the matter to the attention of your elected representative and it may make the agency who did this rethink a future action. 🙂

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    • Thank you Theresa. I shall sit down and write the letter adding photos to share the point. Thank you for inspiring me:)

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      • Love this. In my hometown I have started doing periodic calling or emailing to my MOCs (members of congress) about specific issues that are important to me – esp. the EPA, NEA/NEH funding, and my own concerns about affordable health care. Surprisingly, I’m starting to feel like I’m making an impact. I get regular replies – especially from my local WA state congressperson – that express concern and support for my concerns. 🙂 Thank you for having the courage to notice this and to make your voice heard! 🙂

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      • Yes I write to the members myself. In the past I worked for a member of Congress and two NYS Assemblymen yet, I haven’t written to them in quite some time. Guess it is time to take some action. Thank you Theresa!!

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      • Hey, that is wonderful! 🙂

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