Deforestation of Smokies?

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Photography, Photos by Iliana C. Hakes-Martinez, Quotes


“Across the road from my cabin was a huge clear-cut–hundreds of acres of massive spruce stumps interspersed with tiny Douglas firs–products of what they call “Reforestation,” which I guess makes the spindly firs en masse a “Reforest,” which makes an individual spindly fir a “Refir,” which means you could say that Weyerhauser, who owns the joint, has Refir Madness, since they think that sawing down 200-foot-tall spruces and replacing them with puling 2-foot Refirs is no different from farming beans or corn or alfalfa.  They even call the towering spires they wipe from the Earth’s face forever a “crop”–as if they’d planted the virgin forest!  But I’m just a fisherman and may be missing some deeper significance in their nomenclature and stranger treatment of primordial trees.”
~David James Duncan, The River Why    

  1. steven1111 says:

    I hate clear cutting. We have so much of it out West here. I didn’t know how widespread it was elsewhwe as I’ve not traveld enough. Thanks for sharing ths even tho it makes me furious and sad as hell. Will they ever learn? I doubt it but I always hold out hope that someday people will treasure the Big Trees as they ought to – as the Elder Spirits of the Earth… 😉


    • hakesplace says:

      We need more of our kind for change to occur. Black Elk is special for me. To have experienced what he did at his age is beyond imaginable. Nearing his death, he began to doubt whether the circle could ever be whole again. We don’t have what you guys have out west and I’m so glad they have endured the cutting down of the Elder Spirits of the Earth–love this!–The Sequoia Forest! That’s one last place I’d love to visit before transcending on to…. Good to hear from you as always! 😉


      • steven1111 says:

        I really hope you do get to visit the Giant Redwoods. There’s nothing quite like them. I was fortunate to grow up just an hour from Yosemite in one direction and King’s Canyon and Sequoia park in another. I spent my youth amongst the Big Trees and have always revered them. I can’t believe they ever had the gall to cut them down! They made poor lumber anyway cause they broke when they fell so they were saved to a great extent. But it’s still tricky for the Coast Redwoods. They’re still threatened and I hope we can save them. Good to hear from you as well. 😉
        Big Tree Love,


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