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At First It Might Seem The Reserves I Have In Mind Could Simply Be Carved From The National Forests, But Seven States Do Not Have Any National Forests, And In The States That Do, Not Every County Contains National Forest Land. My Vision Requires A Different Sort Of Program.

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The U.S. Department Of Agriculture’S Healthy Forests Reserve Program Was Signed Into Law In 2003, But As Of Now It Is Poorly Funded And Little Known. In 2006, Only Landowners In Maine, Arkansas, And Mississippi Were Eligible For The Program. Its Goals Enhancing Forest Ecosystems, Promoting The Recovery Of Endangered Species, And Improving Biodiversity Might Seem To Perfectly Mesh With My Vision Of An Old-Growth Network, But A Closer Look Reveals Its Shortcomings: Only Private Or Tribal Land Is Eligible For Enrollment, And Public Access Is Not Required.

National Natural Landmarks, Another Innovative Federal Program, “Aims To Encourage And Support Voluntary Preservation Of Sites That Illustrate The Geological And Ecological History Of The United States, And To Strengthen The Public’S Appreciation Of America’S Natural Heritage Based On The Premise That The Job Of Protecting The Nation’S Natural Heritage Is Everyone’S Responsibility.” Unlike The National Forest System Or The Healthy Forests Reserve Program, Both In The Department Of Agriculture, This Program Is In The Department Of The Interior, Which Alone Should Give It An Advantage. After All, If You Are Viewing Trees As A Crop, You Are Unlikely To Leave Them Alone. No Landowner-Ship Category Is Excluded, Which Sounds Great, But Only Two New Landmarks Were Named Between 1989 And 2009. And, Unfortunately, Sites Declared National Natural Landmarks Are Not Required To Be Accessible To Anyone Else Except The Wealthy People Who Own Them. How Can That Be Right?

Everyone, Young And Old, Needs To See And Experience These Places. We Have Plenty Of “Green” Spaces, Such As Farms Or Parks, But Few Where Nature Reigns. How Will We Really Know Our Planet If We Never See It In Its Natural, Unmanipulated Condition, In Its “Suchness,” As The Buddhists Might Say?

We Need Something Else: A Network. This Is The Vision That Grew Out Of My Journeys. Perhaps Quest Is The Right Word.

On The Steepest Part Of The Hillside, Surrounded By Ancient Red Spruce And Yellow Birch, I Sat On A Rock In The Middle Of The Narrow Trail To Breathe The Delicious Air And Take A Few Notes. I Hadn’T Seen Any Other Hikers All Day And So Assumed I Wouldn’T Be In Anyone’S Way, But After A Few Minutes, I Heard The Tap-Tap Of Metal Hiking Poles On Rock. I Looked Up To See A Woman My Age Approaching From Above. When I Stood To Let Her Pass, A Conversation Quickly Started. Her Husband Arrived Behind Her And Joined In. They Had Traveled From Washington State To Enjoy The Rocky Trails And Early Fall Colors Of The Deciduous Trees In New Hampshire. In Fewer Than Ten Minutes, I Learned That This Stranger I Met High On An Otherwise Deserted Mountain Path Had Written A Blog On Mythology, Complete With A Chapter On The Hero’S Journey.

My Friend Nancy Tells Me That Once The Call Has Been Heard And The Journey Begun, Signs And Helpers Will Appear.

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