Tuesday, May 17, 2005

What I'm reading

Just finished Golden Spruce by John Vaillant... more than just the story of the guy who cut down the special tree on the Charlottes, this book tells the story of forest "harvesting" on the West Coast. It brought to mind writing by Peter Trower and Martin A. Grainger, so I'm re-reading books by them now! I find, as with most acts of eco-terrorism, that there are many things to learn from (spruce-killer) Hadwin's actions, even if he did cut down a sacred tree. What did I learn? It is easy to focus on the poster-species (like big special trees) while whole ecosystems are threatened with destruction.