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Old 03-21-2021, 05:41 PM   #4
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Yup, I love trees. Ever since I was young I could really see a difference in every forest. I knew what trees were what - didn't know their names, but I could recognize and liked the changes I'd see on hikes where other people were looking for a view.

I really remember the first time I went to the eastern Adirondacks where there had been burns and seeing a totally different type of forest than the western Adirondacks I was used to. And of course, since I was young I really like the difference in forest type between the Adirondacks and western/central NY. I really had a dislike for the southern types because of the lack of conifer diversity - I really liked conifers when I was younger. If you would have asked me then why I like the Adirondacks, I probably would have said something silly like, "There's just not enough conifers in the south of NY." Now I really appreciate hardwoods, but in terms of the autumn show, they still do it better up north.

I was thinking a lot about what you say Bunchberry, and how I feel about killing trees. I think if we had to chop our own down and process them by hand we'd have a lot more respect for them, just like the animals we eat. Not just from the fact of killing something majestic, but the amount of work it is, and how our energy abundance has just made it so easy. But still the most majestic trees fell from hand tools... so it's even more than that, and lot of wise people just call it having respect and reverence for all living things. WTBS, I think in the northeast it makes sense to use trees to build, most of what was built in the area historically was built using local wood, and a lot of excess land was cleared beyond that simply for agriculture. There is a barn on my mother's land, that is still standing, probably about 140 years old that is made with massive oak beams. I could only imagine what those trees must have looked like alive. They would easily support a building structure for another 140 years as they've dry aged and turned hard as iron. Unfortunately a leaky roof will ultimately take them, but at one time I did think about an operation to salvage them. Put to good use those kind of things could be beneficial recycling in the future. Wood use isn't going to stop, but making wise use of it is probably crucial for the future.

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