Planting Ancient Tree Clones for Earth Day

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About Kathryn DeHoyos

Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.

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  1. wellokaythen says:

    Very sweet and touching. It’s generally good for humanity’s long-term survival to plant more trees. I got no problem with that.

    What I DO have a problem with is this incredibly tree-centric (arborist?) view of what nature is “supposed to be like,” this association of trees with nature, as if a forest is the most natural landscape and we can “return to nature” by planting more trees. Are we “replanting” trees in places that haven’t had any trees for thousands of years? Without humans around, the planet would NOT be one giant forest. Nature does not love trees any more than any other species of life. This close association between forest and wilderness, in contrast to civilization and humans, is an especially western European construct — see all the fairy tales about witches living in the woods. In this case, it sounds very provincial — not every part of the world has “ancient forest” like western Oregon and Northern California.

    It’s just one more symptom of what’s wrong with the “green” bandwagon. Green is not always the optimally sustainable color for every landscape. In a lot of places like Phoenix and L.A., there may in fact be too much green space, and a better use of water would mean a lot more brown spaces. Sometimes the worst thing you could do is to try to make the land green. Please don’t make Antarctica green. There’s already enough problems with the ice caps.

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