To me, the natural world feels like my home. I delight in it daily - the luscious summer wildflowers, the brilliant autumn leaves, and the winter immaculate snow. R agrees with me - he is more attuned to the forest than most of us can imagine.
But first, I walked the Labraduo at sunset. It calmed my soul to be with them in our spectacular world.
The reply that we received outraged me. More than one ranger said: "The locals always care the most about forest aesthetics and the effects of the logging/burning on their daily lives. Frankly, those issues are not even part of our planning process. We have far more important things to think about.".
Believe me, the word "locals" was used with derision dripping from his voice. It was as if he thought that we were a bunch of idiots who only serve to get in the way. In fact, I think that we understand the forest ecosystem better than any "official" who doesn't live in the forest.
Here's what R had to say about his attitude!
R told me to quit being a drama queen and chill out, just like he does.