Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Forests in the US.

Every Eastern gardener knows well how much nature wants to turn your garden into a grassy weed-patch, then into a woodland. Humans force nature to obey with great difficulty. Everyone who sanctimoniously bemoans deforestation in South America and Africa should first look out their window to see one’s local deforestation.

Our Great Plains, it is believed, were at least partly the result of Indian burning practices and wildfire. And the Scottish moors? The result of deforestation too, but they are beginning to re-plant. Permanent deforestation is definitely a bad thing from a conservation standpoint, but often not from a human economic standpoint. Manhattan Island is now pretty nice without the forest.

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