Forests replenish our well-being

Even though there are scientific, logical reasons for preserving our forests, natural places also provide a setting for mental health through giving sanctuary for spiritual connection and rejuvenation, and physical health through recreational opportunities for families and groups, including observing and enjoying birds and animals of the forests.

“That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore.”

  ~Egyptian tomb inscription, circa 1400 BC

A long list of Americans who honored this wonderful continent "America" on planet Earth. They saw us as caregivers to preserve this legacy--not only for the scientific reasons for needing trees in our environment--but they beheld the beauty of nature and felt a difference in their attitude, spirit and well-being.

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."  ~John Muir, 1913

A journal of living and loving in the East Texas Woods

Nature and trees nurture body, mind and soul. I was fortunate to have been able to enjoy a year in a National Forest setting. Memories of those days of peace and connection to delightful, non-judging, ever-changing nature sustain me in my daily challenges. That peace and joy is a part of my being.

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One-man Government McCain sideswipes “We the People” petition - There was a successful petition with 104,646 signature to the White House to protect the National Forest Oak Flat campground area that has significance to Native Americans and to anyone who has ever camped and bird-watched there. However, McCain–acting as a one-person government–put an earmark for the Southwest Land Give-Away Bill on the National Defense Budget Bill (along … Continue reading
Reason Six: Forests are our natural air purification system - By the miracle of photosynthesis, the Creator figured out a way convert the poisonous gas that people exhale into pure oxygen. Why would we want to replace trees with hardrock mining that pollute the air with dust and chemical fumes? Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released a report: Trees Reduce Air Pollution  Trees: Help … Continue reading
Reason Five: Laws exist to protect water supply and levels in National Forests - Development and Status of Federal Reserved Water Rights: The mandate regarding Federal rights to water was established in 1908 by Winters v. United States.
  When the United States reserves public land for uses such as Indian reservations, military reservations, national parks, forest, or monuments, it also implicitly reserves sufficient water to satisfy the purposes for which the … Continue reading
Reason Four: National Forests were created for water and watershed - In the January, 2000, U. S. Forest Service report: Water and the Forest Service, [http://www.stream.fs.fed.us/publications/PDFs/Water_and_FS.pdf] was created at National Headquarters with taxpayers’ money. The report emphasizes the importance of forests for maintaining a viable, clean water supply–even for urban use. The principal point is made in the first paragraph: HEALTHY FORESTS ARE VITAL TO CLEAN … Continue reading
Mining Law Reform - In 2008, the U. S. House did pass a mining law reform bill. Fortunately, the bill did not make it through the Senate, for the idea of the legislators was to take a small royalty on the mineral profits. This practice would make it easier for the Forest Service employees to approve mining in our … Continue reading
Creation of National Forests - The National Forest System was created to protect our forests from destruction by grazing, mining and unregulated cutting, which were already deemed a problem in the late 1800’s. In 1882, the U.S. President, Chester A. Arthur, stated: “The conditions of the forests and the wasteful manner in which their destruction is taking place give cause … Continue reading
Save the trees in National Forests - I have been working for six years to save 33,000 mature trees–many of them century-old and older emory oaks and white oaks in the Coronado National Forest. They are destined to be destroyed by a Canadian Copper Mining project in the Rosemont area of the forest near Tucson, Arizona–thus destroying watershed and recreational uses for … Continue reading
Enjoying Nature - Nature and trees nurture body, mind and soul. I was so lucky to be able to live in the middle of the Sam Houston National Forest in Texas. We have hundreds of National Forests, created by Theodore Roosevelt and other U.S. Presidents. Send in a photo of your favorite place in a National Forest and … Continue reading
Reason Three: 1872 Mining Law guidelines ignored - No modern mine fits the criteria of the mining law, yet the Forest Service personnel still claim they have to follow the antiquated law. Yet if they were to follow the law, there would be no hardrock pit mines destroying our National Forests. The public is being scammed. The 1872 mining states: CHAP. CL. II … Continue reading
Reason Two: Federal Lands Policy and Management Act - FLPMA—Sec. 102. [43 U.S.C. 1701] (a) The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States that– (2) the national interest will be best realized if the public lands and their resources are periodically and systematically inventoried and their present and future use is projected through a land use planning process coordinated with … Continue reading

1 Comment

  1. Liz Banse says:

    Hi Nancy,
    You had asked me about alternatives to using the word watershed. Instead of saying watershed, you could say “land around rivers, lakes and streams.” There’s no confusion there and no terminology to be misunderstood.
    Keep up the great work!
    Liz

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National Forests are threatened!

By non-sustainable hard-rock mining

Trees of our forests are the Earth’s sentinels protecting and insuring the continuation of life. Trees provide clean water, clean air, clean soil, shade and habitat. We must protect them; they must flourish for life on the Earth to continue.

Forests sustain life from two streams. First, there are scientific reasons. Trees produce oxygen necessary for human and animal life. Trees hold the soil, prevent erosion and filter air and rainwater. The National Forest (FS) mission statement “caring for the land and serving the people” and FS management Acts emphasize securing and protecting of watershed. Second and equally important--trees provide opportunities for humans to enjoy healthy exercise, recreation and contemplation in shady, quiet, natural places to rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit.

Urgency of Mining Law Reform

Oak Flat Land Exchange

Elias Butler video on protecting Oak Flat in Tonto National Forest

Creation of National Forest Reserves

The National Forest System was created to protect our forests from destruction by grazing, mining and unregulated cutting, which were already deemed a problem in the late 1800’s. In 1882, the U.S. President, Chester A. Arthur, stated: "The conditions of the forests and the wasteful manner in which their destruction is taking place give cause for serious apprehension."

The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 authorized the Presidents of the United States to set aside forest reserves from the lands in the Public Domain. The Act was passed under Benjamin Harrison’s administration (1889-1893). He responded by putting 13 million acres of land into National Forests. The succeeding presidents, Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) put in 25 million acres and William McKinley (1897-1901) put in 7 million acres. However, the champion of the forest preservation was Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). Under Roosevelt's pen the forest reserves went from approximately 43,000,000 acres to about 194,000,000 acres, an increase of over 400%.

Over 100 years ago, four U.S. Presidents knew that trees of the forest sustained health and well-being for humans and wildlife. However, we of the "scientific age" aren't able to figure it out.