#ForestDefender(me)on a felled #OldGrowth #DouglasFir that was estimated to be at least 400 years old. #ClearCutting practises in these woods were destroying the last remaining #GrizzlyBearHabitat on #TurtleIsland. The Grizzly used to inhabit almost the entire West Coast, all the way down to Mexico. With-out bears such as the Mighty Grizzly, forests lose a major source of nourishment, provided by the presence of Grizzly bears. In its natural, untouched #habitat, the Grizzly shares its #bounty of #Salmon with the trees that make a #Home for the Bear. #Scientists have found #nitrites in the soil of #Pristine, Old Growth #Forests, where bears #Hunt for #fish in #GlacierRivers and carry their meals, to eat on river banks. You might see #Eagles nearby, waiting to pick from the leftovers left by the Bear when it has had its fill of the rich, #LifeGiving fish. The relationship between all these #NonHumanAnimals is an integral piece in maintaining a #Sustainable existence within an Old Growth Forest. Without the Grizzly, the Forest loses a crucial ingredient to its diet, so to speak. Old Growth thrives on the nutrients from Salmon, and the Grizzly is a major supplier. Just look at the entire West Coast, and imagine the levels of deforestation that had to take place, to develop into habitat for humans and our machines. The soils are dying in many places because we keep starving them and preventing real #Growth. Growth where everyone can #survive and #thrive and live #Symbiotically. I’m not saying we should stop #development but I am saying we can do a lot better with how we develop. Starting with the work to #EndGreed. On a continent as rich as North America, there is no excuse for needless suffering. There is no excuse for #childhoodpoverty or #systemicdiscrimination. In a rich land such as ours, we have no excuse for homelessness or hunger or isolation. I keep thinking about how far south the Grizzly used to freely roam and wonder how much more we will allow such devastation to continue. We can’t eat our handheld devices. We can’t drink polluted water. We can’t thrive on frankenfoods. We can’t keep allowing the few who hoard wealth and security to keep destroying us.