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And sometimes the abstractions are deliberate obscurings. "Treatments" and "prescriptions," after all, are just euphemisms for cutting, for killing. We can't finally trust any of this. Yet at the same time I found myself oddly soothed by the sound of the words I kept hearing, reassured that at least there was some rational method behind what was happening in the forest. Living on the level of abstraction was therapeutic for a while, giving me some perspective and detachment. Deeper than that, hearing the words and models and paradigms over and over again moved me beyond my initial naivete.
The brush left by the patchcuts is a fire hazard, there's too much merchantable timber left on the sites, and the trees won't grow back anyway. The goal of the forest should not be research alone but the utilization of the available resources, as in any good commercial operation. Revenue is necessary to sustain the research anyway, and it costs at least a million dollars a year just to keep McDonald-Dunn going. What Jeff honors is the paradigm of forest management that's dominated the College of Forestry, and all forestry, for two generations.
Waiting for satellites on the Applegate Trail. It's an image that sticks with me not just because of the historical irony, that brief slipping of perspective, but because it suggests how plotted and FOREST OF VOICES II pieced and inscribed this forest is, how overlaid with the human. Past and present, the forest is everywhere enmeshed in human mapping, human measuring. The forest in fact is an invader, I learned, the prairie much older and in some sense original. If I had looked up from my wagon 140 years ago I would have seen nothing but waving grass and an occasional isolated oak or fir.
Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest by Chris Anderson