7.27.2022 – leaving unimpaired

leaving unimpaired
though doing nothing really
is doing something

In an article in the New York Times, At Yosemite, a Preservation Plan That Calls for Chain Saws, by Thomas Fuller and Livia Albeck-Ripka, July 27, 2022, the words in this paragraph caught my eye.

And what about leaving the park “unimpaired” for future generations?

“It’s a tricky word,” she said. In the early years of the park service, Ms. Muldoon said, unimpaired would have meant “leave it exactly as it is out there, don’t touch anything.”

“But if we’ve learned anything it’s that we have been touching these lands forever — humanity has — and doing nothing is really doing something.”

It struck me how that while the article was about the National Forest Service almost any of the problems of today, inflation, covid, social media, gun control, can be addressed saying doing nothing is doing something.

Don’t just do something, STAND THERE!

Doing nothing and working hard at it.

I voted today by not voting.

Participatory democracy without participation.

Good to remember that you get what you pay for.

Garrett Dickman, a forest ecologist at the park, is leading an effort to restore the area to what it looked like more than a century ago, when it was sculpted by native burning practices. Credit…Nic Coury for The New York Times

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