Nancy Stranahan

Nancy Stranahan
Arc of Appalachia


There once lived a forest. In Eastern America it was a nearly unbroken woodlands 1200 miles wide and long. For millennia the forest nourished an incredible richness of human and non-human life, with a diversity of plant and animal life second only to the tropical rainforests. Then, in just one generation the forest was brought to the ground. It was cut so thoroughly and so quickly that it disappeared before we even knew what we had lost.

We must courageously acknowledge the disappearance of these towering trees, and then turn loss into decision. The old-growth forest is literally just a thought form away. We are the children of the children of the generation who cut the forest down. We can be the generation that chooses to bring it back.”

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