Category Archives: Nature

Halo Disturbance: Why there isn’t more wildlife in your local park.

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org A Critical review of Anthropogenic Halo Disturbances Alter Landscape and Plant Richness: A Ripple Effect 9/23/14 In this interesting study, researchers investigated the hypothesis that recreational areas have a “halo disturbance effect” deeper into the forest area than just the edge habitat. Far from being the next installment of a popular …

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A critical Review of Current Ecological Thinking for Conservation, and it’s application to Baxter State Park.

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org A critical review of Implications of Current Ecological Thinking for Biodiversity Conservation: a review of the Salient Issues September 13, 2014 It was with great interest that I read the article under consideration in this review. Having seen the application of a “hands-off” approach to conservation in my professional career- and …

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The Ecology of Commerce.

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org My Reflections on The Ecology of Commerce
 By Paul Hawken September 13, 2014 “The promise of business is to increase the general wellbeing of humankind through service, a creative invention, and ethical philosophy. Making money is, on it’s own terms, totally meaningless, an insufficient pursuit for the complex and decaying world …

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The Unknown River Driver

  In Foster’s Field where the loggers bunk along the river, “Saurdnahunk” in morning mist a stranger stood out from the northern mystic wood- A long shaft peavey in his hand and cleated feet- A stout young man. He hoped they would agree to hire him on as a chief river driver so he inquired …

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A moment with nature can change a child forever.

As anyone who knows me can attest, my life has had as a primary theme, a passion for the natural world in general and canids in particular. I have served as a Maine Forest Ranger, done morphological surveys on canids and a two year white-tail deer winter survivability study with the state of Maine, to …

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Solomon’s Song

I am asleep, but my soul wakes. By night, upon my bed I seek her whom my soul loves.   To look upon your countenance, To hear your voice, To feel the velvet of your skin.   I find a rose amongst thorns, For so is my beloved Amongst the daughters of men.   You …

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“If a tree falls in a lonely forest…”

It has long troubled me that we, as ‘Christ”ians hear more preaching on the teachings of Peter and Paul and the other New testament writers, and the deeds of Christ and his Apostles than we hear preaching on the actual words of Christ. Of course all Scripture is inspired, but it is the teachings of …

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Climbing Katahdin for a View of the Future

The Appalachian Trail stretches some 2,184 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the top of Mt. Katahdin in central Maine. The last stretch of the Appalachian Trail- as one travels from south to north- is known as The 100 Mile Wilderness of Maine, because the final miles, from Monson Maine to the top of Mt. …

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Psalm 8: The Reign of Tyranny. Environmental Theology

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and …

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From Alabama to Maine; The Appalachian Mountains Have Always Been My Home

My heritage is that of the frontiersmen. I do not say this with a great degree of pride because it meant that the Hays family was never very settled. Every generation sought to push into the next frontier. We were settled in America 100 years before it was a country. We were settled into Tennessee …

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