Rick Bass wrote this lovely story for Orion Magazine and graciously allowed me to re-post it here. Enjoy.
How to Help the Creepy Crawlies on the Forest Floor
The forest floor is rich with life, largely unseen, largely small. Salamanders and small mammals creep and crawl about in the great struggle for survival that is nature. While battling with red teeth and claws, they need quiet places to rest, reproduce, feed and regroup. All of this drama quietly unfolds beneath our very feet, and downed logs play an integral role.
The speedy clicking of keys under my fingers is a sensation that gives me similar soothing pleasure as chocolate, ping pong or music. So, I love writing. For the last three years OutThere Outdoors (previously OutThere Monthly) has let me write a brief regular column on wild edibles. Check them out at Leaf, Root, Fungi, Fruit.
Do you know the name of the tree in your garden? The process of tree identification and classification can be difficult. Luckily there are many similarities and clues that help you to identify and classify a tree. Pick up the challenge learn more about the trees in your area with this informative directory.
More trees in arid areas could lead to more water access—which is good news for hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people. A new study shows that a trade-off between water and tree cover doesn’t always exist.
Check out this cool illustrated, step-by-step process which makes it easy to identify a tree simply by the kinds of leaves it produces.
I love this article because it debunks some of the most distressing ideas about trees that people have. So may problems could be averted if people knew the truth!