Monday, September 12, 2005
There are very few acres of this old forest left. It used to be over ten thousand acres spread around the delta of the Kaweah River. There used to be more of this forest across the highway along one of the sloughs, but the farmer who owned it went out one night with friends and some chainsaws to cut most of it down. He thought he was saving his land from the curse of ecology. He'll be dead some day, if he isn't already, and his legacy will be the dead landscape. It's better to leave a legacy of life. When we do these things we are actually taking the chainsaw to our own mind and to the minds of the rest of the community.
If I could, I would be the Johnny Appleseed of these great valley oaks. Johnny Acorn. I'd hope by planting them it would restore a bit of sanity to my home and leave a little legacy of life. This posting is a bit of an acorn.