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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Welcome to the Woods


Reason One: Mining Minerals is not Agriculture - President Theodore Roosevelt created U.S. Forest Service in 1905 and put it under the Agriculture Department. He and his first FS Chief, Gifford Pinchot had carefully selected the best lands for timber in the Northwest and water in the Southwest. Separating these forests out of the big pool of (BLM) public lands managed by the … Continue reading
Forest Service studies effect of trees on human health - All of us who have taken a hike in the woods know that a natural environment is good for our mental health–however, Forest Service researchers have shown that trees are good for physical health too. There was a huge die-off of 100 million trees in the east and mid-west due to a beetle infestation. This … Continue reading
Boom, Bust, Boom: Flagstaff Author Bill Carter Explores The Effects Of Copper Mining - Bill Carter’s book tells the history of copper–the metal that runs the world–even the environmental Prius! The page has an audio link at the top if you prefer to listen to Bill.
Data on how trees can improve climate - I have been wondering: Why are there huge tree-planting projects all over the world while the U.S. National Forest Service is permitting the unsustainable destruction of tens of thousands of trees in 170 projects in the West. Although “everyone knows” that trees ameliorate climate, no one could furnish me any research. I have been searching for years … Continue reading
Oak destined for destruction Transcript of Media Call: Secretary Vilsack; FS Chief Tidwell; Harris Sherman, FS Undersecretary of Natural Resources - In a conference call with media Jan. 2012, the Forest Service announced the Environmental Impacts (EIS) of the new Forest Planning Rule. This rule is intended to be used to guide the Forest Plan of each individual Forest, which are created locally. The theme of the call was restoring forests and watersheds, along with the … Continue reading
Traffic Fatalities and Arizona Dust Issues - Traffic fatalities from dust events from disturbed open land is an on-going tragedy in Arizona. Even so, the Forest Service is giving away (yes, there are no mining claims on the FS land) to a mining company that will disturb at least 4,000 acres of land beside a winding, scenic highway. Yes, the mining company … Continue reading
Reclamation plots at Rosemont compared to Twin Buttes - Six years ago Rosemont started some “test” plots to experiment with reclamation. They received  the cooperation of the Ag Dept at U of A to prepare various mixes of seeds–mostly grass seeds. After six years there is not a wisp  of green growing on the plots even though they did try watering them. In 1963, … Continue reading
Comments on Plan for National Forests -   To evaluate the Coronado Forest Plan (or any Forest Plan), we have to take a look at the guidelines of the Forest Planning Rule created by the Washington, D.C. officials, which is the model for the Forest Plans of the individual National Forests. In a conference call, in 2012 with national media journalists, Interior … Continue reading
Wildfires on Public Lands: Causes, Cost, Prevention - Wildfire season has arrived! We are in a serious drought in the Southwest. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center there are 7 un-contained and 3 new wildfires on public lands on May 31, 2014. [] Wildfire prevention needs to start today! That’s why I created a petition to The United States House of Representatives, … 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!

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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.