|Observing Tree Rings on a fallen American Beech.|
The chapter begins with the quote stated above and continues with a historical look at the sand counties in Wisconsin from the perspective of a fallen Oak. As Leopold's saw cuts through each tree ring, he reflects on the significance of that year and the idea that, we as humans cannot become disconnected from the land that continues to support and nurture us.
Our hike was focused on telling the story of tree rings at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. By looking at the size of each ring in the sapwood layer, we were able to determine the years of significant hurricanes or droughts from a recently fallen American Beech.
As we described the changes this particular beech tree had seen over the years, we recall what the land has to offer and how the balance between the man and land must proceed in unity. If left unbalanced, we will continue to see the large scale effects of degradation and destruction.
|Taking in all the beauty of winter.|