Use of the Forest

Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Autumnal equinox

Rain greeted Saginaw Forest on the 2010 Autumnal Equinox. A large storm pealed out thunder at some time around 4 in the morning, and it continued to rain (on-and-off) until I fitfully got out of bed a couple hours later, when I (thought) I heard trucks pull in next to the cabin to make the turn-around to go back up the road to the new drilling site for the at-bedrock groundwater observation well.

By around 8AM, I could hear, filtering through the trees, the rig pounding in the soil sampler and the sound of the diesel engines. Heavy machinery in the forest, searching for a legacy of contamination within a landscape historicized by processes driven by agriculture, forestry, industry, and suburbanization. Saginaw Forest isn't a "wilderness forest" but is a place that - while containing aspects of the "natural" - has been firmly (and undoubtedly) bestowed a human legacy, and continues to be shaped (directly and indirectly) by human hands.

Okay. That's enough philosophizing and pontificating for today; the date of an even amount of light and dark.

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