Thursday, July 05, 2007

Our Shrinking Forest

Only yesterday it was a magnificent stand of mixed trees, for almost as far as the eye could see. Today it's a few stumps and slash piles.

THE GREAT CLEAR-CUT OF 2007









Surely this an even worse disaster than hit our urban forest in 2003 or thereabouts, when a careless smoker tossed a smouldering butt into the juniper ground cover.

Where was Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne when this was going on? Talk about being asleep at your post!

If only I'd known! I would've demanded a spotted owl inventory; I'm no owl expert, but I'm sure I've seen 'em nesting in the branches. I would've renamed myself Butterfly Boy, put on an Indian headdress, and lived in a treetop hammock high above the ground, to prevent this from happening.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Deb Bell said...

Sprucin' up the flower beds, huh?

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Ranger Rick said...

This really brings tears to my eyes. In my 30+ years of visiting (2 actually working inside the box)the hallowed Boise World HQ, I really became one with the landscaping. I will need to meditate an extra 79 seconds tonight to settle my spirit. What will the replacement be ... plastic palm trees.

5:21 PM  

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