Trees are the gentle giants of these communities and understanding just this one plant is becoming ever more complicated. People look at you and question your sanity when you talk about how trees care for each other, communicate with other trees, recognize and care for their offspring and are able to learn and adapt to changing conditions but, science has proven this to be true. It is the human interference in the natural world that interrupts and destroys the attributes of our natural surroundings we depend upon for the sustenance of life. Can you imagine what the Rocky Mountains would look like if lodge-pole pine was the only species when the pine bark beetle infestation invaded or, what if Ash was the only species of trees in Michigan when the ash bore epidemic hit. It is the diversity of vegetation within each community that provides a degree of protection against these catastrophic events. Plantations are biological deserts and accidents waiting for a happening. The destruction of diversity through the application of agricultural principles in forest management, assures catastrophic events in the future.
Gifford Pinchot defined forestry as, " Growing trees as Crops" but this is not an acceptable definition. Our greedy approach to manipulate and maximize the production of resources from the forests will not provide a sustained yield of the elements we require for life. Diversity is essential for healthy forest communities to continue to contribute to the sustenance of life on our planet. Trees play a dominant role in each forest community and we are just beginning to understand the intricate, hidden and complex characteristics of these giants.
I guess the move from mining our forests to managing them using agricultural principles was a step forward in 1890 but, it resulted in major losses of our forestland acreage and significant losses of bio-diversity on our remaining forested lands. Our heroes of the past are just that, heroes of the past. It is time to take a giant step into the future with new strategies for recovering the health and diversity of our original forests. There are no new lands to discover or new methods of creating life's vital elements except through proper management of our remaining forests. This story must be communicated to everyone and you can help. The documentary we are going to produce is a way to reach millions. Funding this project is essential. We are crowdfunding through a site called "YOUCARING". You can also go through my facebook page, Brian Stout. This process focuses on small donations from large numbers rather than on large donations from a few. "Visions", is a (501) ( c) (3) corporation so all donations are tax free. You can donate through YOUCARING or send to : Visions, Tree of Life, P O Box 1265, Brighton, MI.,48116. email AudreyGeryer@aol.com. She has 20 years of experience and numerous successful documentaries which have been aired worldwide on PBS and international TV.