The Invisible Forest
We live in an increasingly nature-disconnected world, where the average citizen can recognize over three hundred corporate logos but not three species of native trees, and where the media has taught us more about the tropical forest than the temperate forest in our own backyard.
To the vast majority of forest citizens, our native forest is invisible. Unseen are the sentinel box elders, growing in a scraggly fence row behind the urban factory. Unrecognized is the lone white oak left in the pasture to shade the cows. Unnoticed are the native honey locusts, stripped of their thorns, growing in grated holes in the asphalt of a local strip mall. Nevertheless, these are truly remnants of the temperate forest, descendents of wilderness. Even in unlikely places, the forest is with us, still growing among us, whether recognized or not.
What You Can Do
The Arc of Appalachia is one of a handful of groups working to create contiguous blocks of forest land in the east. Especially by connecting existing preserve lands with green corridors, we can reunite the large blocks of land needed to sustain a healthy forest eco-system. By increasing the acreage of preserve land that is simply left to exist and is not managed or disturbed by human activity, we also increase the ability of the Forest to recover and mature.