Dr. Simard is hopelessly out of touch with the current zeitgeist. Doug fir not being dioecious, she underestimates the contribution of the male flower. Instead of "Mother Tree" I respectfully submit the term "Parenting Tree".
Forest ecosystems are exceedingly complex, and I give them lots of credit for being that way.Although she did not mention this, but forests have evolved over hundreds of millions of years. Maybe, just maybe, they are more complex than we give them credit for.
Like I said, I really hesitated to read the book. Much of her material has undergone extensive peer review. I did learn something.
Anyone that doubts the emotions and thought processes of animals, has never lived with a Border Collie or worked with mules. They have strong emotions, , sensitivities, and thought processes. They are intuitive. I learn from them every day.In my youth, we always sought out the "mother tree" (and all of her mature progeny) as they produced more board feet per tankful in the old Husqvarna.
I've known many people who treat animals as if they are capable of human thoughts/emotions (often to the detriment of both human & animal) but this is the first that I've seen someone project their personal traumas onto a plant. I feel badly for whatever events in her life prompted such silliness (as she alludes to in the video) but the local terminology is for that behavior is bat(crap) crazy.
Back to topic, I'm reading the FAA's study guide for a commercial drone pilot's license. It's certainly not Tom Clancy, Louis L'Amour or John Grisham.
The flatboat journey was made in recent years.. Not in 1820.. It was a modern day journey and illustrates the difference between then and now.. The book is 400 pages chock full of history. Unsanitized history. There are so many differences in the journey now and 200 years ago. I got it from my public library.E-town is on the east side of the continental divide so that's not a "wholly flatboat" trip; especially as it that predates the PA canal by 1/2 dozen years... West branch of the Susquehanna to Emporium and then portage to Port Allegheny (maybe still called "Canoe place" at that time)? That would be an awesome trip. Even today, much of the northern tier is pretty wild (at least by eastern standards).
I really enjoyed this one and his book about the Oregon Trail. This book made me want to do a canoe trip on the Ohio, but definitely not on the Mississippi!Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck
Journey by flatboat from Elizabethtown PA all the way to New Orleans. Lots of references to the importance of canoes in the hey day of flatboats in the 1820's.
Seconding this! Great read!“Beyond the Paddle
A Canoeists’ Guide to Expedition Skills: Poling, Portaging and Maneuvering through Ice” by Garret Conover
It’s a great read… many sections are being read multiple times. His “A SnowWalkers’ Companion” co-authored by his wife Alexandra has been fun to read even without much snow this winter
Rinker put in at Elizabeth, PA, a few miles south of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela River. Back then it wa known as Elizabethtown. Modern day Elizabethtown is in eastern Pa as Gamma1214 says.E-town is on the east side of the continental divide so that's not a "wholly flatboat" trip; especially as it that predates the PA canal by 1/2 dozen years... West branch of the Susquehanna to Emporium and then portage to Port Allegheny (maybe still called "Canoe place" at that time)? That would be an awesome trip. Even today, much of the northern tier is pretty wild (at least by eastern standards).