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Transforming a Neglected Forest with a Purpose and a Blade

By Eyeandpen @eyeandpen
Picture It’s finally summer in Ohio, and the forest is alive with growth and activity. Typically, weather in Ohio is bipolar at best. It’s been a sweltering 90-95 degrees with nearly 100% humidity, then it storms and cools, and before I know what’s happening, the heat is back and the humidity is making life uncomfortable. I have a thing about obscenely hot weather, mainly when the humidity is so high, so I have to wait and gauge the weather a few times a day, as it changes so quickly, so that I can fulfill my mounting desire to roam and explore the natural areas around me. I miss the feel of the cool breeze and the soft morning sun on my face as I trek through forgotten, unmanaged forests. I yearn to feel the peace that time in Nature brings me.
If I skip my time communing with Nature for a week, I grow agitated and feel a subtle unhappiness within me. The sort of unhappiness it seems that mismanaged areas of natural land go through. Have you ever happened upon an area of woods where oil or gas extraction is occurring? Or where someone had dumped piles of trash? If so, then you probably have noticed the way the place feels different. The trees are sparser, and they grow different, and unhealthy, and all sorts of hard, thorny vines and rosebushes grow in all gnarly-like. It’s as if our negativity, our neglectful actions, have transformed the area and made it as hard and ugly as our own indifference. We have a power, an effect, over the natural places of our world, and I’ve seen it first hand.
Recently, I came in contact with an area like that, not far from my new home in the rural woods of central Ohio. Someone had dumped loads of roofing tiles and trash, large rusted trash cans, and I found it disgusting. The whole area had grown over with thorny bushes and vines, and when I came across it, a vile, unhappy sensation seemed to creep up my neck. It made me uneasy, and I was filled with a mixed sense of wanting to flee, and wanting to battle the abandoned feel of the place. This may sound like some hippie, new-ager nonsense to some, but to anyone who has spent real time in Nature, this feeling and sense is real. The positive and negative energies of a natural place are visible. There are noticeable details that the eye can see, and the heart can feel.
So, when I was hiking through there a week ago, on one of those cooler days, I came across a large patch of woods that had been mistreated and left covered in garbage, as I said. This time, I was ready, with a sense of purpose and my large survivalist blade, the Harbinger, strapped at my hip, I was ready to battle the negativity that had been caused and breed there. It took sometime, but I bagged up the garbage, and carried out what I could, but not before I had to cut through the ranging bramble of thorns, and vines, and invasive weeds. I am not one to needlessly harm the environment, but when you com across a patch of earth like this, it’s best to clear away the corruption. And the trash, because that is what will give that land the ability to be healthy once more. I used my Atlas Dynamic Defense blade and sliced through the bushes, clearing a path to the rubbish.
I will return to this spot again, sometime later this summer, to weed out the harsh vegetation. Then next year, after cold months have passed and the dead brambles had dried and decayed, my plan is to plant new trees. So, within one year or so, that damaged and sad area of forest will be like a new and thriving place. Sure, it will take decades to repair the damage wrought by others, but as long as there is positive progress, the battle of good versus evil will momentarily become balanced – at least in this small part of the forest.
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Article written by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen

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