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Tecumseh Composite

ENTS,

This is a test to see how the new BBS handles images. The image is a composite photo stitched with Adobe Photoshop. Original size of all the images was 211M and this is a 511kb reduced and compressed image. I didn't trim the edges to remind folks it was from many images.

Gary
by Gary Beluzo
Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:46 pm
 
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Re: Valuing Forests

Ed,

I second Gaines' suggestion that the topic be broken up...I considered replying to your post, and I have some ideas which I think would be contributive, but the sheer size and breadth of the post overwhelms me as well. Perhaps long or comprehensive posts need to be "essays" that can be posted elsewhere or at least be identified as such in a category "Essays" or some other appropriate tag.

Gary
by Gary Beluzo
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:34 am
 
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Cold River Dawn

ENTS:

Here is a great example of the creative power of ENTS. While I was over to Bob and Jani Leverett's house in Chicopee, MA I began noodling on my guitar and a melody began to coalesce. Bob, Jani, and I began writing the lyrics and the excitement ran so high they called our friends John and Peg Rishel and asked if we could come over and play in the recording studio. Truth be told, Bob wrote many of the lyrics contemporaneously upstairs in the kitchen while I was working out the musical tracks downstairs in the studio with John and Peg. Our collective effort became "Cold River Dawn" (Copyright 2010 Gary Beluzo and Robert T. Leverett) and I have attached the file.

Gary

Gary Beluzo
Western Masschusetts
by Gary Beluzo
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:55 pm
 
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Re: What qualifies as an Autopoietic Forest

Joe,

The word "Nature" and "Natural" by definition does not include humans. After doing an exhaustive literature search on "nature" and "natural" I realize that the early philosophers created the word(s) specifically to distinguish what humans do and make ("artificial", "artifact" and "art") from all else ("nature"). However over the last 20-30 years people have used the words "nature" and "natural" to mean very different things in order to lull consumers into buying products with the designation. Therefore I think we need to use a word which is unambiguous when it comes to forests (and other ecosystems). I prefer the word "autopoietic" because although not in widespread use yet, it clearly defines what is meant by "nature" and "natural" without getting caught up in the ambiguity of those overused words. In its most basic sense an Autopoietic Forest is one that is highly adaptive through natural selection, the result of the collective genome interacting with the environment. If a forest is being managed, in any way directed through artificial selection to follow a prescribed trajectory, then it is not autopoietic (ie natural). Whereas an Old Growth forest can arguably be created through silivculture, an Autopoietic Forest by definition cannot. Also, an Autopoietic Forest is an ongoing autogenic process whereas a MAN-aged forest is a product through intent.
by Gary Beluzo
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:40 pm
 
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Project Budburst for 2012

ENTS,

Please consider replying to this post with your 2012 phenological observations regarding any and all species of native trees, particularly FIRST BUDBURST, FIRST LEAVES, FIRST FLOWER(S), etc.

Gary
by Gary Beluzo
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:04 am
 
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