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Former BTNF Supervisor Calls For Reform

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A former Supervisor on the Bridger Teton National Forest is calling for a revised approach to the management philosophy for the nation’s forests.  Brian Stout has just released a book entitled Trees of Life – Our Forests In Peril, where he references the respect given our natural resources by the Native American culture.  Stout says the crisis brought upon the planet by the loss of biodiversity and environmental services is actually a people problem which results from the strong influence of cultural values on scientific principles.  Stout says he calls his solution “Nature’s Way.”  He says as he studied other cultures and how they related to the land, in Stout’s words, “ it became obvious that a society that lives with nature is required to develop the skill of observation and understanding the relationships and connectedness of all living organisms.”  Stout says returning to values seen in the Native American culture would lead to a more eco-friendly approach to managing our remaining valuable forested lands. Says Stout: “Everything is connected – all life is connected.  We’re kind of a circle of life, and we as humans are simply one link in that circle of life; and we need to realize that and see how important the relationships are even to our own existence.” Stout was Supervisor on the Bridger Teton from 1984 to 1994.  Trees of Life – Our Forests In Peril has gone on sale at leading bookstores.

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