Recent developments have changed many things and will continue:
See the Recent addition (2/26/17) of a modified Stewardship Issues paper below.
Access to MONEY determines much about what is done in forests.
In 2009 a new series of $100 bills were issued with little fan-fare. The Currency File below describes this (now 7 year old phenomenon as of 2016) change in currency and much more. The discussion of the bill structure and some of the later discussions of other aspects of this period have been vetted in our experience. Some is beyond our immediate capacity for study. Discernment is a very personal thing!
The tragic situation forest owners find themselves in today is directly related to the games being played with the creation and distribution of currency. It is imperative that one who would take on a strong stewardship program have a firm understanding of what they are up against and what is in the pipeline for change!
We must use this information to create the local support for constructive forest maintenance by advocating currency policies that guarantee that funds will be available through out the long maturation period of forest growth. The forests we now have are a fraction of what could be here if it had been possible to try the range of practices that might be applied in a timely manner.
ALL forests are part of the global COMMON GOOD: INFRASTRUCTURE by another name
· All forests are not "good" - they may be weak, poor quality, clogged with invasive species, or near death!
· So how do you understand the Common Good?
· What are you doing to help your neighbors, who care about the forests they own, keep those forests healthy for them and good for you?
· Are your actions contributing to the destruction of existing healthy forests - in your own back yard?
· How can you help to make these questions more clear? How can we together help everyone make better choices?
It would be nice if the climate crisis section of this dialog could be left back in a corner for the few alarmists who need a scary topic. However, that is not the way I see it so the best we can hope for is that we will do the right thing fast and this warning can be taken off all together:
On Wed. July 28, 2010 Dr. Dwayne Breger, MA Department of Energy Resources, Biomass Energy Section leader, said to Dr. Alan Page,
"you do not have to convince me that we are in a climate crisis."
------If you get a chance ask him what of the following he understands? :------
(It won't hurt to ask questions about the things below that anyone may not understand.)
- How do you understand the climate crisis? Is the climate crisis Dr. Breger understands the same one described here or here?
- Is it possible that our energy economy is the result of plans put in motion over a 100 years ago?
- What would it look like if energy was a free commodity and its use did not result in pollution or waste heat?
- Why are forests at risk to the climate crisis?
- Where does the CO2 come from that started this crisis?
- What does this have to do with forests? More particularly what do dying forests have to do with climate change?
- What is the a carbon cycle - what part of it does our forest play?
- Why are forests leaky carbon storage organs?
- Why do all forests release CO2 as trees decompose?
- What does carbon sequestration mean to you? Can you suggest a link for a good info source?
- How can forests be major players in carbon sequestration?
- Why may regularly thinned forests continue to grow rapidly?
- Why are growing forests more effective CO2 uptake systems? More effective than what?
- Why do blown down or broken trees leak carbon?
- Why are trees >40' tall 100% vulnerable to 70mph winds?
- Why are dense forests normally slow growing?
- Why are old forests large carbon stores?
- Why are old forests tall forests?
- Why are solid wood products a good carbon storage agent?
- Why is sustainable biochar made on site from forest thinnings applied back on the site?
Do you understand the carbon cycle?
Do you understand how to keep forests growing!
Dr. Breger and others may understand the carbon cycle, the implications of carbon negative energy systems, the potential of biochar, and how to tell productive forest from leaky carbon storage. However, the policies that they are promoting do not support that view.
In 1950 the following would have been appropriate and enough, IT IS NOT NOW.
Forestry is a particular branch of the study of ecology that is in its most sustainable form designed to be both ecologically stable and of long term benefit to human communities. The requirement that managed forests in some way benefit the human community links all forestry related activity to the idea of prudent economic thought. This site will explore how the current economic system and the study of traditional economics has completely ignored the strategic nature of healthy forests, and has left forest owners with no way to pay for those things that they could do to maintain their forest's capabilities while involving the next generation or two in becoming familiar with the many details of all that is involved in effective proactive management.
Commercial forestry may or may not subscribe to the issues of sustainability. This may be due to an inherent outlook by the owner of the commercial enterprise or it may be the outcome of the "normal" business cycle where the forest asset base can not support the debt service and other maintenance costs that all other facets of the short term economy conveniently ignore. The fact that these businesses while striving for their sustenance may appear to "destroy" existing forests and compete with non-renewable materials designed to do the same function is less a condemnation of them than it is on the whole structure of the human endeavor. Recent studies that describe how the various parts of modern society interact have shed new light on the sources of this dichotomy and the troubling aspects of it for those who would try to do the right thing. These questions will be discussed in some detail on various parts of this site.
All involved in forestry, both the commercial and the less competitively structured sustainable version, have the opportunity to try to understand how to do their job better, to educate their clientele to choose more wisely, and to minimize the long term adverse effects of their activity. Forestry by its very design serves two "masters", the economic and the ecologic. On the one hand both versions of forestry must survive economically in a system designed to concentrate all human activity in the shortest possible time frame while still being expected to serve long term interests in the human community. It is a given that each will benefit by making sure that the ecosystem that maintains the forest can continue to do so with as little disruption as possible. On the other hand (from the ecologic perspective), only sustainable forestry has any long term future. There is no well understood or accepted means for normal people to make sustainable choices.
Discussions here will attempt to describe the linkages between the various dysfunctional parts of our current system and provide a way to understand those things that need to change in order to maintain the forest portion of our common good.
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. Essential Tenets for the Maintenance of Our Common Good by Alan C. Page
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