Wild Foresting: Practicing Nature's Wisdom
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"In this groundbreaking anthology, the author offers new hope for those who love trees and forests. These essays are by leading experts. This work draws on the knowledge of indigenous people and the traditional role that forests and trees have played in their lives. It shows that sustainable forestry and conservation is possible. The authors also cover the role of trees in global warming." - BellaOnline, Connie Krochmal
There is an emerging revolution in wild forest relationships. Wild foresting has evolved from ecoforestry, going far beyond merely having a minimum impact on the world, to sustaining and promoting forest health, along with biological and cultural diversity. Wild foresting promotes the responsible use of forests, connects indigenous knowledge systems, and unites a great variety of local practices tailored to unique forests around the world.
Prize-winning experts dedicated to reconciliation in human–wild forest relationships have contributed their stories to this comprehensive, in-depth anthology. The authors give accounts of how wild foresting is being practiced around the world, with such diverse activities as:
- Wild farming
- Wild crafting
- Adventure therapy
- Ecosystem restoration
Wild Foresting is presented in eight thematic sections that discuss topics as varied as tree meditation, wild humans, and ecophobia. Case studies from the Amazon, Australia, Norway, and Thailand illustrate how wild foresting principles are adapted to different cultures and how emerging practices are fusing ancient knowledge systems with contemporary ecological studies.
Wild Foresting is a fascinating and informative walk in the woods for everyone concerned about biodiversity, ancient forests, indigenous cultures, and endangered species.
Alan Drengson is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Victoria, an author, and one of the founders of the Ecoforestry Institute. Duncan Taylor is an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Victoria, the founder of Earth Day Canada, and an author. Drengson and Taylor are co-editors of Ecoforestry: The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use (New Society Publishers).
The ideas of field and particle were indispensable to physical inquiry by the end of the 46 Wild Foresting 19th century (Faraday developed the concept in the 1860s). Although Whitehead noted that though the two concepts were considered antithetical, they are not logically contradictory. Ordinary matter was considered atomic, whereas electromagnetism was conceived as arising from a continuous field. A general space/ time/ energy/ matter (STEM) field has many characteristics: discretion,
which industrial forestry is based. • Surprise. The interactions of billions of small actions cause a change in quality; that is, quality emerges from quantitative action. Thus, rare events may shape the entire course and texture of the universe and its systems. Where does rarity go in our understanding? Unusual and exceptional events, such as the origin of life on Ecological Principles for Responsible Forest Use 49 earth, must be factored into scientific understanding. • Intrinsic Value. Value
intelligence we would set some order in the matter, the remedies being simple. (Jaenen, 1988, p.121) The value of respect is one discernible theme or thread in a complex web of life and existence. In the modern world, this theme has been completely replaced by science and technology. At the moment, the themes of respect and the applications of science appear to be at odds. They are at odds when one or the other is denied. They can be balanced and harmonized if both themes are accepted as part of
in a short time we could have a very rich and evolving culture with its own stories and narrative traditions connected to our place and its denizens. Many of the participants later formed their own drumming circles to journey with others in their neighborhood. Ceremonies and other practices are a way to combine the incredible power and memories Shaman’s drum made on Vancouver Island, BC ALAN DRENGSON 150 Wild Foresting CLAIRE SIEBER Seeing the Ikaro in healing ceremony of a group of people,
fewer negative comments in the nurses’ notes, compared to patients with brick views (Ulrich 1984). In another study, patients undergoing bronchoscopy (a procedure that involves inserting a fiber-optic tube into the lungs) were randomly assigned to receive either sedation, or sedation plus nature contact — in this case a mural of a mountain stream in a spring meadow and a continuous tape of complementary nature sounds (e.g., water in a stream or birds chirping). The patients with nature contact