Joe, James, Steve,
I appreciate your recent comments and on this issue and find them very much on point:
Joe Zorzin wrote:
We like big trees because they turn us on- but most people don't get it- which is why the scientific approach to measuring and evaluating big trees is extremely important and will help the rest of the world to understand why big trees and old forests are valuable- not just because of aesthetics but for many reasons- especially to let us better understand the full potential of nature- the nature that has created us.
James Parton wrote:
I hunt trees to get to know new ones and introduce them to the world. They do not have to be huge or old to be special to me. Of course, if so, that is nice too. It is so great to enter a forest and document trees, either by measuring or photography ( usually both ) and know that I may be the only one who has ever done that in the woods I am visiting. I find pride in that. It is a service to the trees that we do for them. Get them known and promote their preservation. It is a great pride we should all share.
Steve Galehouse wrote:
I sometimes think people, including myself, need to have some sort of "purpose" to go for a hike off-trail in a woods, and tree hunting is my purpose, but experiencing the woods is real attraction. In a similar manner, I portage to and canoe lakes up North with the "purpose" of fishing, but hiking the trails and paddling a remote lake are the real attractions---catching fish, or finding big trees, is just icing on the cake.
These ideas should be incorporated into the next version of the essay on being tree hunters - perhaps as individual asides or quotes within the text. I would like to revise the index page of the website and the introduction to ENTS here on the BBS to better reflect these motivations to get out into the woods and hunt trees, rather than jumping right into hard core measurement. Perhaps structured as a series of interlinked pages that provide an introduction to our group rather than just a jumping off point for other sections of the website. The jumping off links can be n the side panel, or withing these intro pages.
The website was initially designed to be an archive of the posts being made to Topica, then Google Groups. Then some themes were added and sorting of subjects. I think the overall structure is fine, but we need a better start introducing the ENTS group. The last revision makes the website look much slicker and more professional, but I still have a ways to go to get what I want. If any of you have specific examples from other websites, or ideas, feel free to suggest them to me.
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky