As we continue our efforts to recover more crude oil, we are now debating the construction of a pipeline to transport Canadian oil across our country for shipment to foreign countries. The Canadian public is unwilling to construct the pipeline across their lands due to the hazards involved. The need for exorbitant sums of money to run for political office today, seems to take precedent over our human environmental requirements and safety.
These environmental issues and concerns all support my contention that we must begin the process of change in the way we relate too and manage our remaining forested lands. Yes it is more than just forestry, but forestry is my area of expertize. Somehow we must take the time to observe and understand the complexity of our surroundings. It is no longer sufficient to focus our management efforts on the resources we take from the forests. We must initiate a new starting point where we able to appreciate our connectedness and dependency on the remaining forests on our planet! I cannot help but point out that we do not require new or better science!
This past Tuesday, Iris and I had the privilege of visiting friends and sharing in one of their ceremonies, on the Santa Domingo Pueblo Reservation and were, again, reminded of the value of sharing information between cultures. We do not have all the information needed for the future, nor do we need to re-invent the wheel. The required knowledge is available if we are willing to reach out with an open mind!