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Inspiration for the agnes scott college arboretum


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Inspiration for the agnes scott college arboretum

  1. 1. Socrates and a Loblolly?
  2. 2. History and Tree Climbing?
  3. 3. The Dilemma
  4. 4. Descartes, Discourse on the Method In this I would imitate travelers who, finding themselves lost in a forest, ought not to wander this way and that or, what is worse, remain in one place, but ought always walk as straight a line as they can in one direction and not change course for feeble reasons, even if at the outset it was perhaps only chance that made them choose it; for by this means, if they are not going where they wish, they will finally arrive at least somewhere where they probably will be better off than in the middle of a forest.
  5. 5. Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society (1964) In our technological society, technique is the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity … Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.
  6. 6. Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) First Chief of the U.S. Forest Service The outgrowth of conservation, the inevitable result, is national efficiency.
  7. 7. John Muir (1838-1914) Founder, Sierra Club “Conservation, conservation, panutilization,” that man and beast may be fed and the dear Nation made great.
  8. 8. Thomas Cole, Garden of Eden (1828)
  9. 9. Thomas Cole, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (1828)
  10. 10. Gilgamesh: The Land of the Living “O Utu, I would enter the ‘land,’ be thou my ally, I would enter the land of the cut-down cedar, be thou my ally.” Utu of heaven answers him: “…verily thou art, but what art thou to the ‘land’?” “O Utu, a word I would speak to thee, to my word thy ear, I would have it reach thee, give ear to it. In my city man dies, oppressed is the heart, Man perishes, heavy is the heart, I peered over the wall, Saw the dead bodies … floating on the river, As for me, I too will be served thus; verily ’tis so. Man, the tallest, cannot stretch to heaven, Man, the widest, cannot cover the earth, Nor (yet) have brick and stamp brought forth the fated end, I would enter the ‘land,’ I would set up my name” (Kramer).
  11. 11. Proctor, “Whose Nature?” (1996) “Intrinsic value in nature implies that its worth is independent of its value to humans . . .” “Instrumental value implies that its worth depends on its ability to serve a human end.” “Non-anthropocentric ethics . . . are those in which people primarily value nature intrinsically…” “An anthropocentric ethic is suggested in situations where people value nature instrumentally…”
  12. 12. Gilgamesh Redux?
  13. 13. Trees and Forests
  14. 14. Trees and Forests Readings and Films                           Flannery O’Connor, “A View of the Woods” Gilgamesh Euripides, The Bacchae Vergil, Aeneid 6 Ginger Strand, “The Ecology of Empire” Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory Robin Hood folktales Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bernd Heinrich, The Trees in My Forest Doug Wolens, Butterfly Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke James Proctor, “Whose Nature?” Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
  15. 15. Trees and Forests Personal Ecology
  16. 16. Trees and Forests Personal Ecology   “Not again with the drinking and the fistfights and yelling, no more. So I ran. I found shelter in the woods between the palmetto and the pine... Ecology of a Cracker Childhood reminded me so much of my own life that I was chilled to read some pages… Like Janisse Ray, I was able to find something majestic about my simple pinewood forests and relate that to my own family.”   “Like rings in a tree, we all have a past etched into our palms. And when we are cut open, everything is revealed. Our hardships, our struggles, our stories. Our wounds become embedded into our memories and are hard to overcome. Hard to forget. We try to disconnect from them, try to barricade them from our minds and grow around them, but they are always there.”
  17. 17. Trees and Forests Personal Ecology   “This place provided a world of adventures for our young minds. A low vine that stretched over the ground from one tree to another became an instant throne for the queen of the forest. An old vine-covered well was nothing of the sort, but actually a portal to a demon world. The morning glories that grew all around were little homes for fairies …”   “I could not take it anymore. So, as soon as I finished the required group activities, I went running on the backwoods trails. I ran until I could not breathe, until I felt like my entire body would crumble if I did not stop… I made it to a cove of nothing but trees and a random log in the center. I sat down, and for the first time since her funeral, I cried.”
  18. 18. The Philosophy of Trees A sense of wonder
  19. 19. Diversity
  20. 20. Replenishing Canopy
  21. 21. Pruning of Mature Trees
  22. 22. Pruning of Young Trees
  23. 23. Pruning of Young Trees
  24. 24. Clearing Vines
  25. 25. Proper Planting
  26. 26. Ensuring Tree Health
  27. 27. Agnes Scott Arboretum
  28. 28. Agnes Scott Arboretum Biodiversity Carbon Sinks Dedication & Memorial Trees Dieckmann Magnolias Forest Succession Georgia Trees Historic Ash Tree Incense Cedar Living Fossils Native Trees Natural Communities Practical Benefits Psychological Benefits Sacred Trees Shape & Structure Tree Canopy Trees & Disease Trees & Water Trees in the Arts
  29. 29. Desktop Tour
  30. 30. Mobile Tour
  31. 31. Agnes Scott Arboretum
  32. 32. Credits Bust of Socrates, Louvre, Paris, downloaded from Black-and-white photograph by Jack Leigh, photo from print in private collection of speaker, © jack leigh Oak sp., Joy Viola, Northeastern University, Slash pine seedlings, David Dickens, UGA, Thomas Cole, Garden of Eden and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (1828), downloaded from Wikimedia Commons. Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method, trans. D. A. Cress (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Pub., 1980) 13; quoted in R. P. Harrison, Forests: The Shadow of Civilization (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1982) 110. Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society, trans. J. Wilkinson (New York: Vintage Books, 1964) xxv, 17. Gifford Pinchot portrait, Grey Towers NHS, U.S. Forest Service, downloaded from John Muir portrait, downloaded from Wikimedia Commons. Andy Goldsworthy, Storm King Wall, 1997-98, Photo: Jerry L. Thompson, © Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, © Andy Goldsworthy, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York, downloaded from “Gilgamesh and the Land of the Living,” trans. S. N. Kramer, in J. B. Pritchard, ed., Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1969) 47-50; quoted in Harrison, Forests, 16. James D. Proctor, “Whose Nature? The Contested Moral Terrain of Ancient Forests,” in William Cronon, ed., Uncommon Ground Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (New York: Norton & Co, 1996) 281. Pines and pine straw, David Dickens, UGA, Snow-covered trees at Agnes Scott College by Jim Diedrick