Welcome to One Forest Fragment
Adventures in forest revival at Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Just another little piece of degraded urban forest with great potential.
What is a forest anyway? Is it just a place where trees grow? Who are the inhabitants, and what are the ties between them and the place where they live? Why would a forest need to be revived or restored? Just some of the questions this blog will try to answer.
Restoration would be too optimistic a word for what we are doing. Decades, even centuries, of anthropogenic change have altered this forest irrevocably. Fragmentation, timber harvesting, agriculture, draining, stream channelization, grazing, soil erosion, invasive plants – this place has seen it all. And now an ever-increasing urban deer herd is deciding, bite by bite, what the future forest will look like.
One definition of the word revival “An improvement in the condition, strength, or fortunes of someone or something.” This blog will show, I hope, what improvements are possible with very little money, committed volunteers, perserverence, hard work, and the vision of a stronger, more fortunate forest ever in the mind’s eye.