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Wolverines making comeback in Washington – the state transportation department is spending millions on crossing structures, both over and underneath busy I-90, which will allow the animals to expand their range, which will give them greater mating options and genetic diversity. The crossings would likely also restore connectivity for the Cascades’ northern and southern black bear populations, which haven’t been able to mingle or mate easily for decades.

Read the full text of these stories at my website. http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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Scientists Seeking to Save World Find Best Technology Is Trees – Oxford University scientists, who considered methods ranging from capturing emissions from factories and power stations to extracting carbon dioxide directly from the air, and adding lime to oceans to increase their absorption of the gas, released a study which determined the best technology to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and try to reverse global warming is trees. (Duh.)

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Community Energy: Power from the People – Community energy initiatives based on local renewable resources are now emerging across the country. While these projects take a variety of forms, such as wind, solar, hydropower and biogas, one common element is local ownership.

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The “Wind Tree,” an extremely quiet, 3-meter-tall generator designed for urban environments, created by French company NewWind, makes the most of smaller air currents. The “leaves” are mini turbines and together could power 15 streetlights. (posted previously, but worth mentioning again.)

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SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLY LOVERS: The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year’s lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to a formal census by Mexican environmental authorities and scientists released Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced plans Monday to spend $2 million this fiscal year on conservation projects to save the declining monarch butterfly species.
The agency is teaming up with the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore and enhance 200,000 acres of monarch butterfly habitat on private and public land. The population of the North American pollinator has declined by 90 percent since the 1990s, largely due to the destruction of milkweed — the primary food source of monarch caterpillars. Complete stories and links for all these stories can be found at my website – link below.

 

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On a really positive note, Burlington, Vermont, the state’s largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy for its residents’ electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement.

 

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Diver finds 10,000-year-old FOREST hidden under the North Sea. It is believed the forest, which originally stretched as far as Europe, was drowned when the ice caps melted and the sea level rose 120 meters, and may have become exposed following the stormy weather last winter. The fallen trees are now lying on the ground where they have formed a natural reef, which is teaming with colorful fish, plants and wildlife.

 

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Minnesota officials on Thursday put the brakes on the rapid conversion of pine forests to potato fields in the northwestern part of the state while they conduct an environmental review to get a better understanding of the potential threats to groundwater, fish and wildlife.
This is a story worth following, for as we know, big business usually gets it’s way – these guys – R.D. Offutt, the nation’s largest potato grower, supplying the fast food industry and potato chip manufacturers with potatoes commonly drowned in pesticides – has obtained permits for 32 irrigation wells in 4 counties since 2010, with applications pending to drill 35 more. The forests they intend to clear are in an area whose sandy soils are highly permeable to agricultural fertilizers. That raises the risks of nitrate contamination of waters that feed into the Mississippi River, which supplies drinking water to Minneapolis and other downstream communities.

 

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Trees in the News

Retired surgeon, Dr. Salem Saloom, from Evergreen, CO, takes special pride nurturing the Longleaf Pine, a plant species wiped out by intensive commercial logging more than a century ago. His 2,200 acres of pine forest is part of an effort, spearheaded by the federal government, and supplemented by conservationists and private landowners, to restore what was once called “the Piney Woods.”
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An announcement – Researchers have found some survivors of fatal Emerald ash borer beetle infestations of our native ash trees, and are asking for the help of private citizens in finding more in areas that have NOT been treated with pesticides. See http://nrs.fs.fed.us/SurvivorAsh to describe the whereabouts of ash trees they believe would be candidates.

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And a slideshow of some of the most magnificent trees in the world.unnamed-18 unnamed-8

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this week on The Treetalker

During the next few weeks, I’ll be posting excerpts from my forthcoming book,
Secret Voices from the Forest:
Thoughts and Dreams of North American Trees,
Volume Two: The Midcontinent.

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It’s official release date is September 23rd and, although it will be delivered from the printer around the 4th, I will be leaving to “meet” the trees for Volume Three: The East almost immediately, and won’t return until the end of September.

However, I will be taking a few cartons of books with me in the car, as well as mailing envelopes, so if you wish to receive your copy before the beginning of October, you can order through my website

http://secret-voices.com/purchase

where you can pay via Paypal with your credit card. They will send me an email that notifies me of your payment, and I will find a nearby Post Office and send your copy right away.
If you send me your email address as well, I can let you know when your book has been shipped. Send it to me at this address: merrill.lj@gmail.com.

In due course, I will list SV: Vol 2 on Amazon, but not for several weeks. I’ll keep a lot more of the money if you buy the book through my website but, if you’re not familiar with Paypal, I can understand if you want to wait for the Amazon listing.

To explain a little of the format, there are 12 trees in each book, selected to represent one of 4 areas. Each tree’s section begins with “Reflections,” in which the tree “speaks” for itself, focusing on its particular subject. The following excerpt is from Black Walnut, whose subject is “Attention.”  The following excerpt is from Chapter Three: Upper Midwest—Black Walnut—”Attention”

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Reflections on ATTENTION

What Walnut Can Tell You About Itself

I am particularly aware of my environment, and how I am situated within it, not so much as it relates to me at any given moment, but in a dimensional way. To have, or to be at Attention means to be present and alert, to be aware of spatial relationships, not simply physical ones, but those that are created by the potential of interaction and reaction between organisms.

There is a consciousness that this potential acquires. It makes decisions and communicates them to the unconscious of the two objects–whether organic or inorganic, it makes no difference. It is the personification of Space. If the relationship between the two things changes or ceases to exist, so does the consciousness.

In the same vein, it is here in the Upper Midwest that the continent begins to become aware of its own age. My species is not exclusive to this area, and in other parts, the Land seems to slumber; here, the Earth has just awakened to the presence of the Sky, and feels aroused.

I feel that it is important to leave your mark. We are tested every day by life, and I would wish that a record be made of significant changes or improvements. I feel the slow stretch of my bark growing, which gives me perspective on the passage of time that is more tangible than the movement of celestial bodies. Time only seems like it’s divided into bits, just as we, as matter, have become discernible elements of the physical, self-image of the life force, which is really, in the “mind” of LIFE, a single entity.

I have learned, in past lives, that it is good to have friends, whether you are part of a flock of birds, or a drop of water or a snowflake. I’m not sure that I ever dream. After all, isn’t dreaming simply encountering a dimension in which we experience an unfamiliar spatial relationship with familiar things?

Walnut’s Place in the World

My family, Walnut, has learned that the Earth is beautiful, but not an easy place. Good chances to learn abound. Movement is like a treadmill—you always come back around to the place you started; the future is just something to worry about. Why do you care? Desire is a cranial activity, meaning it’s all in the head; fate is another word for fatalistic!

The Walnut species is food, for everything and everyone. It’s not something I resent, you understand, but it does put perspective on existence in general: you come, you go, and in the meantime, it’s all about survival—somebody’s, anyway. There is generally a physical hardness to those of my family, which is a result of being constantly called on to provide food. A certain defensive stance becomes necessary, to put the brakes on, so to speak. My particular species has perhaps become a bit more hardened than the others.

Trees all have their own brand of small talk, but my family prefers to speak of colors and how they change with the light and through their relation to their surrounding conditions. The only problem with being rooted to the ground is that one sometimes feels a bit static, and color changes prove that there is a connection to one’s surroundings.

Over many centuries, we have watched flowers become very aggressive. It’s almost as though they think they run the show by themselves! So, we like to keep them in their place by causing the grass to grow.

Walnut’s Message for Us

In humans, Attention manifests in the wise, the totally free, and the very young. You are always moving, growing and changing. You could benefit from making more selective choices, but that would require knowledge of the outcome—which isn’t possible. So do as you will, and indeed, who can say this is not the way it should be?

Your role here has been to counter or even redirect. There is nothing innately wrong with that, as everything needs an opposing force to be active and develop, or even evolve in the first place. In a sense, all things provide those opposing forces to something else. Generally, these changes take place over a long stretch of time—sometimes millions of years, and you push the limits. Again, this is not innately wrong, and has happened many times before. The Earth has many powerful forces, which have, in their turn, moved continents, raised mountains and flattened them again, extinguished life, and created the conditions by which it could begin again.

Although this is a planet where, literally, the strong survive, you have the capacity to make a place for the weaker of us. Prisons are not a deterrent to crime, and fear does not inspire love or respect. Form closer relationships with the rest of Earth’s inhabitants; listen to their simple, but clear voices and then follow your hearts.

 

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this week on The Treetalker

 

During the next few weeks, I’ll be posting excerpts from my forthcoming book,
Secret Voices from the Forest:
Thoughts and Dreams of North American Trees,
Volume Two: The Midcontinent.

cover-SV2

It’s official release date is September 23rd and, although it will be delivered from the printer around the 4th, I will be leaving to “meet” the trees for Volume Three: The East almost immediately, and won’t return until the end of September.

However, I will be taking a few cartons of books with me in the car, as well as mailing envelopes, so if you wish to receive your copy before the beginning of October, you can order through my website
http://secret-voices.com/purchase
where you can pay via Paypal with your credit card. They will send me an email that notifies me of your payment, and I will find a nearby Post Office and send your copy right away.
If you send me your email address as well, I can let you know when your book has been shipped. Send it to me at this address: merrill.lj@gmail.com.

In due course, I will list SV: Vol 2 on Amazon, but not for several weeks. I’ll keep a lot more of the money if you buy the book through my website but, if you’re not familiar with Paypal, I can understand if you want to wait for the Amazon listing.

To explain a little of the format, there are 12 trees in each book, selected to represent one of 4 areas. Each tree’s section begins with “Reflections,” in which the tree “speaks” for itself, focusing on its particular subject. The following excerpt is from Black Walnut, whose subject is “Attention.”  The following excerpt is from Chapter Three: Upper Midwest—Black Walnut—”Attention”

walnut,smallscan-copy
Reflections on ATTENTION

What Walnut Can Tell You About Itself

I am particularly aware of my environment, and how I am situated within it, not so much as it relates to me at any given moment, but in a dimensional way. To have, or to be at Attention means to be present and alert, to be aware of spatial relationships, not simply physical ones, but those that are created by the potential of interaction and reaction between organisms.

There is a consciousness that this potential acquires. It makes decisions and communicates them to the unconscious of the two objects–whether organic or inorganic, it makes no difference. It is the personification of Space. If the relationship between the two things changes or ceases to exist, so does the consciousness.

In the same vein, it is here in the Upper Midwest that the continent begins to become aware of its own age. My species is not exclusive to this area, and in other parts, the Land seems to slumber; here, the Earth has just awakened to the presence of the Sky, and feels aroused.

I feel that it is important to leave your mark. We are tested every day by life, and I would wish that a record be made of significant changes or improvements. I feel the slow stretch of my bark growing, which gives me perspective on the passage of time that is more tangible than the movement of celestial bodies. Time only seems like it’s divided into bits, just as we, as matter, have become discernible elements of the physical, self-image of the life force, which is really, in the “mind” of LIFE, a single entity.

I have learned, in past lives, that it is good to have friends, whether you are part of a flock of birds, or a drop of water or a snowflake. I’m not sure that I ever dream. After all, isn’t dreaming simply encountering a dimension in which we experience an unfamiliar spatial relationship with familiar things?

Walnut’s Place in the World

My family, Walnut, has learned that the Earth is beautiful, but not an easy place. Good chances to learn abound. Movement is like a treadmill—you always come back around to the place you started; the future is just something to worry about. Why do you care? Desire is a cranial activity, meaning it’s all in the head; fate is another word for fatalistic!

The Walnut species is food, for everything and everyone. It’s not something I resent, you understand, but it does put perspective on existence in general: you come, you go, and in the meantime, it’s all about survival—somebody’s, anyway. There is generally a physical hardness to those of my family, which is a result of being constantly called on to provide food. A certain defensive stance becomes necessary, to put the brakes on, so to speak. My particular species has perhaps become a bit more hardened than the others.

Trees all have their own brand of small talk, but my family prefers to speak of colors and how they change with the light and through their relation to their surrounding conditions. The only problem with being rooted to the ground is that one sometimes feels a bit static, and color changes prove that there is a connection to one’s surroundings.

Over many centuries, we have watched flowers become very aggressive. It’s almost as though they think they run the show by themselves! So, we like to keep them in their place by causing the grass to grow.

Walnut’s Message for Us

In humans, Attention manifests in the wise, the totally free, and the very young. You are always moving, growing and changing. You could benefit from making more selective choices, but that would require knowledge of the outcome—which isn’t possible. So do as you will, and indeed, who can say this is not the way it should be?

Your role here has been to counter or even redirect. There is nothing innately wrong with that, as everything needs an opposing force to be active and develop, or even evolve in the first place. In a sense, all things provide those opposing forces to something else. Generally, these changes take place over a long stretch of time—sometimes millions of years, and you push the limits. Again, this is not innately wrong, and has happened many times before. The Earth has many powerful forces, which have, in their turn, moved continents, raised mountains and flattened them again, extinguished life, and created the conditions by which it could begin again.

Although this is a planet where, literally, the strong survive, you have the capacity to make a place for the weaker of us. Prisons are not a deterrent to crime, and fear does not inspire love or respect. Form closer relationships with the rest of Earth’s inhabitants; listen to their simple, but clear voices and then follow your hearts.

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The Treetalker – environmental news

Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses founded Eco-Fuel Africa, a company that sells kilns and machines that turn food waste into briquettes of clean, inexpensive cooking fuel.

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and:  Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable way to help cut CO2 emissions and fuel use by as much as 50% on smaller cargo vessels in the shipping sector.

Leafing-Out and Climate Change – the timing of leaf out in many species is related to the length of days, rather than temperature. Some species, particularly from the southern hemisphere, have this evolutionary adaptation, as they migrate north, they may replace trees that cannot tolerate increasing heat.

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

 

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The Treetalker – environmental news

 Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses founded Eco-Fuel Africa, a company that sells kilns and machines that turn food waste into briquettes of clean, inexpensive cooking fuel.

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and:  Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable way to help cut CO2 emissions and fuel use by as much as 50% on smaller cargo vessels in the shipping sector.

Leafing-Out and Climate Change – the timing of leaf out in many species is related to the length of days, rather than temperature. Some species, particularly from the southern hemisphere, have this evolutionary adaptation, as they migrate north, they may replace trees that cannot tolerate increasing heat.

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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