We have all chosen to live in a landscape that says a lot about us. This is a place whose sidewalks, alleys, porches, boulevards, and parks connect us to our neighbors. This place is designed to create friendships with those who are living, that honors those who came before us, and that preserves a way of life for the next generation. We share this place with other living beings: birds, bats, foxes, raccoons, and trees.
The trees on Wahsatch, Cascade, Nevada, and Wood Avenues have sheltered us for 100+ years. Many of the oldest trees—American Elm, Green Ash, Silver Maple—are at the end of their life cycles, and have to be removed. The anticipated loss of one hundred dead and dying trees, as with the loss of anything we have loved, can be dismaying.
Take heart! The North End Woodlands project, formed in November 2016, is vigorously creating a collaborative plan to reforest the Avenues.
Our immediate mission is to raise $50,000 to replant trees on all four of the Avenues’ medians. Our extended vision is to generate a conservation fund to replenish and maintain our medians for years to come.
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Those Who Inspire Us
Of Peter Davidson and Barry Lopez, MacFarlane writes, "Throughout their writings recurs the idea that certain landscapes are capable of bestowing a grace upon those who pass through them or live within them. The stern curve of a mountain slope…the bent trunk of a wild-blown tree: such forms call out in us a goodness we might not have known we possessed."
- Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks
"I always return to my grandfather. The forest was behind the small mud house we lived in, and every morning he’d stand behind the house and sing to the forest. One day I asked why. He said, ‘Look at all this beauty nature gives me. This is what gives me life."
- Richard Bona, jazz musician
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
- Rachel Carson, writer and pioneering conservationist
"People exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love, and to defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know."
- Wendell Berry, American essayist and farmer
“Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind," says Wade Davis. And as if he completes his friend's thought, Macfarlane continues,"We see in words: in webs of words, wefts of words, woods of words. The roots of individual words reach out and intermesh, their stems lean and criss-cross, and their outgrowths branch and clasp."
- Wade Davis & Robert Macfarlane