A state of emergency was proclaimed yesterday here in BC as a result of the hundreds of wild fires that are engulfing our forests right now. Worse, it turns out that many of these fires have been caused by humans, and not even by accident. It is beyond my ability to comprehend, that anyone would be able to intentionally cause such devastation to our natural world, and the animals and indeed people who live in it.

In 1925, journalist Mildred Low wrote this article about the Temagami Forest Reserve in northern Ontario. She calls the forest “nature’s great university,” and expounds upon the benefits of understanding the forest, the trees, the waters, and our relationship to the natural world that sustains us. If only we all listened to such voices.

Low, Mildred. “The Pines of Timagami.” Nature Magazine (June 1925): 357-60.