One can rummage, wet-footed, about a swamp forest; watch butterflies and swat horse-flies in a hay field; and flip rocks on one of our sub-alpine hilltops; or one can step back and look at how these various parts of our landscape are arrayed and interconnected. It doesn’t tell you as much of the detail as the ‘up close and personal’ approach, but yet it provides you with an overview that a more myopic view wouldn’t give. The Living Land Project is our effort to explore this overall picture, both in its component parts and as it assembled to form our County. The idea is that by helping you understand a bit more about where you’re standing at any given moment (e.g., In what kind of forest? At whose favorite spot?), you’ll begin to better understand the different ‘patches’ of the landscape and so begin to put together your own vision of the quilt as a whole. Who lives where and why? What sort of lands do your neighbors like or dislike? Ultimately, we hope this work will give you insight into how human and non-human nature can coexist in the County.
Living Land Project: Updates, tools, and exploration opportunities from our Living Land Project.