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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Seeing red among the sea of yellow aspens
Our world is so gorgeous right now. I can barely ride my bike because I want to constantly take photos of the autumn beauty.
So, you can imagine my dismay when K and I rolled out onto the trails this morning and found some subtle things amiss.
First, there were truck tire tracks in a no motorized vehicle forest (I'm told that it was a US Forest Service truck by those who saw it). Second, the truck had tried to go through my favorite sinuous path in an aspen grove behind my house.
Of course, the truck didn't fit on the foot path. So, what did the brilliant USFS employees do? They cut down aspen trees - gorgeous and wondrous aspen trees. That was not subtle - that was egregious.
This is the start of what superficially seems like a logical wildfire "fuel reduction" plan. However, it shows the same blatant disregard for nature's beauty as our local Forest Service has displayed numerous times in the past. In fact, they've reaped destruction in our forests twice in the past 14 years in the name of "fuel reduction". I'm seeing red. There are ominous clouds on the horizon.
Finding the photo below on my wildlife camera certainly took a giant step toward cheering me up. Can you say "Doe Eyes"?
A doe and two youngsters hung around the camera for about five minutes. The fawns have lost their spots and look like miniature moms.
Oh how I love autumn, I love our mountains, and I love our aspen trees.