“If man doesn’t learn,
To treat the oceans and the forests,
Man will become extinct.”
Music: All Is Gone
As someone who loves the woodlands
My heart aches more and more each day
Our current decision makers in our Capital
Are very swiftly sweeping all our forests away
Their plans are already underway as I pen this
To attack the Tongass National Forest in Alaska
I have been to this truly wondrous and wild place
A place that captivated my heart and soul with awe
Next on their agenda, are over 4 million acres
Of protested forest land, in the state of Colorado
They want to make it available, as soon as possible
To the oil, gas, and timber industries that have no soul
And the very last intact forest system in the lower 48 states
Has also recently been selected for their profit driven attack
Over 6 million acres of now protected, roadless forest in Idaho
And once this truly pristine forest is gone, we’ll never get it back
And unbelievably to me, they also lust after our ancient Sequoias
Some of these giants in the Sierra Nevada, have lived for 3,400 years
As tall as our Statue of Liberty, and just as much our national treasures
But the modern day logging companies and our leaders will shed no tears
My heart now aches for American nature lovers like myself
And for generations of nature lovers and animals not yet born
Take a good look at that cartoon pictured above this poem
Your own grandchildren, will awake to that, one dreadful morn
Today, The Tongass National Forest covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. It offers wondrous opportunities to observe bald eagles, brown bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of wilderness. One can take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike magnificent forested trails, fish in its many streams and in the ocean, or just relax at a truly remote forest haven cabin.
But soon, modern day bulldozers and chainsaws will begin devouring it, piece by piece by piece.
And to me, there is nothing quite as exhilarating, or as humbling, as standing beneath a 3,000 year old giant Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
But one day all too soon, they, too, will be gone.
And, As Many of Us Feared,
Our Current Group of ‘Leaders,’
Bowing To Cattlemen and Elk Hunters,
Have Managed To Remove The Wolf,
From The Endangered Species List.
The Wolf’s Wholesale Slaughter,
Will Now Also Soon Begin,
Even In Our Once Revered,
And Soon To Be Destroyed,
National Parks and Forests.
©2008, Mr. Ed