Earthfirst Article

April 20, 2007 at 8:01 pm (environmental)

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Just for streamlining’s sake let me post my article to have all the info on this in one place.  Enjoy:)

 

        We live in a time that is evolving radically and quickly.  Life is so complex and comes at you so fast that it’s hard to even know where to begin or what direction in which to go.  I have found in my modest 26 years on the planet that living in the now and in the physical present is often the best approach.  You cannot change events halfway around the globe, but you can change events around you and you can change yourself.  The more energy you put into local work, the more inertia you gain and eventually if you stick to the task at hand, you solve the bigger problem that first impelled you to act without necessarily trying.  That being said I write you about my task at hand, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF).
            The “chwam” as it is referred to locally is 1,519,800 acres of old and second growth forest in northern Wisconsin , and is part of the Upper Great lakes Keystone Forest a.k.a., “the Northwoods”.  It is composed of several different ecosystems; uplands, bogs, wetlands, muskegs, rivers, streams, pine savannas, meadow and glacial lakes, black spruce bogs, cedar swamps and alder thickets.  It is home to a plethora of flora and fauna.  In the tree category there are 3 different kinds of maple, 3 different kinds of oak, aspen, beech basswood, sumac, 3 different kinds of birch, 3 different pine, white spruce and balsam fir and the forest is the eastern most range for the eastern hemlock.  Among smaller flora there are blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, service berries ferns, mosses, cattails, mushrooms, the list goes on.  Animals that inhabit this area are white tail deer, black bears, foxes, raccoons, rabbits, beavers, otters, squirrels, chipmunks, timber wolves, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, wolverines and lynx.  Birds that dwell here are pheasants, grouse, wild turkey, northern cardinals, blue jays, American crows, American robins, red tailed hawks, red wing blackbird, owls, ducks, loons, bald eagles, thrush, sparrows and warblers.  Populating the waters of this primeval paradise are brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout, walleye, small and large mouth bass, crappie, northern pike and several species of pan fish.  Those of you familiar with the endangered species list will recognize a few threatened creatures amongst the ones I have just mentioned.  This forest is amazing. 
The Chwam faces some fundamentally linked critical threats though.  The biggest threat that it faces is logging.  The CNNF is the most heavily logged forest in the country.  It is logged at a rate of 116 million board feet of lumber each year.  Between 1992 to 2001, 188,000 acres were logged.  At the current rate it is being logged it will be gone in 45 years.   This has got to stop, and it has to stop now.  Legally there has been some hope as the Environmental Law and Protection Council contested 3 out the 5 major timber sales by the forestry service and won.  The fact that these sales were stopped does not mean the forest is permanently safe however, pardon the pun, but in no way shape or form are we out of the woods.  They are, however, important victories and are the first steps in a long journey to teaching respect for the forest and the life it gives. 
The most immediate threat to the forest is the encroachment of power lines.  The American Transmission Company (ATC) wants to build a 345,000-volt power line from Duluth to Chicago .  The portion that cuts through the forest is already built.  They used eminent domain to push that part through, the state government against county government, because nobody wanted the line.  Why is the Northwoods being further destroyed to feed further industry, further destruction, further chaos and greed?  There are well-documented negative effects of exposure to power lines, on life in whatever form it comes. ATC gave money to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s campaign and they are members of Forward Wisconsin, a state business group, which Governor Doyle is the chairman of.
Another member of Forward Wisconsin is Xcel energy.  Xcel energy bought the Lake Superior District Power Company, which used to be the power company in the northwestern area of the Northwoods.  The thing is that the power company used to feed to the Navy’s Clam Lake “Project ELF” site, which is right smack dab in the middle of the biggest part of the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest .
ELF stands for extremely low frequency.  It uses radio waves in the extremely low frequencies of three to thirty megahertz.   The project was undertaken by the U.S. Navy to develop submarine communications from land.  Due to the conductivity and salinity of seawater, higher frequencies cannot penetrate. ELF literally uses the earth as an antenna and it has a very slow data transmission rate.   The Clam Lake WI site and the other ELF site in the Escanaba River State Forest (in the upper peninsula of Michigan and on the other end of the Upper Great Lakes Keystone Forest ) were chosen because of the low conductivity bedrock in the area.  The thing is that the area also sits on a gigantic plate of iron.
 During the operation of the Clam Lake site (until 2004 when it was supposedly shut down) there were reports of people getting shocked in their bathtubs, fences becoming electrified when they weren’t supposed to be, and shocks coming from bathroom fixtures.  If I’m not mistaken, you can magnetize something by exposing it to electricity, and for the last 30 years the government has been sending low frequency electricity through the ground, which under the Upper Great Lakes Keystone Forest is a gigantic magnet.  The area is a hotbed of paranormal activity and electromagnetism figures prominently with such sightings.  Xcel energy now owns, at the very least, the power lines that fed the Clam Lake station if not the station itself.  In the last year I have felt low frequency pressure changes with no explained source and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, both signs of a low frequency field.  This is a very serious threat to the forest. 
            On the subject of the U.S. Navy and water, the water of the forest faces another threat: mining.  I’m not going to go into great depth as to who and what is going on.  Suffice it to say there is a lot of water table contamination that comes with mining.  With a climate that is getting worse every day from CO2 pollution, the water ecosystems of our world are key.  Water is many things.  Water is what we are predominantly made of, what this planet is predominantly covered in, and what naturally washes CO2 out of the atmosphere. Water is also the element of emotion, security, sexuality, and just as the moon rules water and affects the tides on the planet and in people, the condition of our water is manifest in the human psyche.  Water is a living ecosystem as well; too often it is treated as inert. 
 I do not agree with the policies and actions of my government and the corporations that run it and if I am a criminal for it, then so be it.  If people do not stand up there will be no world to save, and it will come sooner than you think.  I am not going to be one of the doomsday ranks that believe the world is going to end anyway, so why should I care?  We stand on the brink of either global enlightenment or global annihilation, and it is entirely up to us, which it is.  It is a choice that is as old as the universe itself, has been presented to every generation before us and will be presented to every generation after us.  What you believe is what will happen.  It is the small local battles that are going to decide this and the result depends on whether we can ground ourselves and focus on what we can do and not get overwhelmed by what we can’t.  If everybody who reads this focuses on the local environmental polluters and destroyers in their area, we’ll stop this madness very quickly.  Be the change you wish to see in the world and be not afraid.
 

 

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