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Biscuit photos, 1 of 3: Fiddler

The Fiddler timber sale is located on the East Side of the Siskiyou National Forest, quite near to the town of Selma, just up Eight Dollar Road. This sale is in LSR land, which is "Late Successional Reserve", a designation created by the Clintonion "Northwest Forest Plan" the intention of which was to set aside such areas as protected from logging. With the "Biscuit Fire Recovery Plan", LSRs are obscenely back on the table.

For background story that goes with these pictures, click here.

Unit sign
Unit sign
Grey areas are timber sale units
Grey areas are timber sale units
Another view of units
Another view of units
"Roadside Hazard Clearance": non-sale trees cut down for "safety" (scam)
Big ole tree
Big ole tree
Brook; not marked to be buffered on unit maps (illegal)
Brook; not marked to be buffered on unit maps (illegal)
Knob-cone pines
Knob-cone pines
Note that cones have popped open from fire
Note that cones have popped open from fire
Baby knob-cone pine (one of many many)
Baby knob-cone pine (one of many many)
Cool old tree, not marked to be saved
Cool old tree, not marked to be saved
Mix of burned and unburned trees
Mix of burned and unburned trees
Another mix of burned and unburned trees
Another mix of burned and unburned trees
Oregon grape, surviving
Oregon grape, surviving
Undergrowth growing back
Undergrowth growing back
More of same
More of same
And more
And more
New life springing up on ground
New life springing up on ground
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and here
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Me, up on crest, with video camera
Me, up on crest, with video camera
In these photos, you can see a forest ecosystem that has experienced fire and which is now entering its next stage of growth. The fire was no disaster here; that's a drama created by the corporate media. i won't even describe it as death followed by life. That metaphor suggests an ending and a beginning, and the cycles of a forest ecosystem are not as linear or discrete as that; rather, a multitude of cycles constantly ebb and flow in overlaps of first this thing and then that entering one stage or another. At no single point is there complete death. Instead, life simply fills different shapes from one moment to the next. Our perception, blindered by a setting called "civilzation" that is poisonous, mediated and constricted, fails to recognize this reality.

Destroying these places is a crime. Waking ourselves up and doing something to stop it is the only morally defensible choice to make.

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A Question of Re Design 15.Mar.2005 06:31

21st Century Designer

Why are we smashing trees to make paper and boxes when we have a polymer chemistry that is so elegant? Leave the trees alone to do their work in the sunshine. They create the sustaining life support system we all enjoy.

Our present production systems is barbarious just because we have not taken stock of our design opportunities. The eco-effient designers would ask "how can we use twice, four times even ten times less trees to make our boxes and paper?" The eco-effective designers are asking "why are we making boxes and paper out of precious trees of the world when we have a polymer chemistry that is so elegant.

From a business perspective if boxes and paper were made of healthy infinitely up-cyclable polymers that would be no waste management costs, no extraction costs, no toxic emission costs for regulation, no regulation paperwork costs. Plus everytime the polymers came back to the industries for up-cycling revenue is created.

This is Cradle to Cradle Design, actually the 2002 book "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Making Things" is the first polymer book called a technical nutrient. This book is not a tree.

Online 2003 lecture
 http://wesley.stanford.edu/Multimedia/lectures/mcdonough.ram
NPR 2002 audio
 http://www.npr.org/programs/npc/2002/020424.wmcdonough.html