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I can’t think of anyone I’d rather hear discuss International Day of Forests than Tim Livingston. He’s the forester artist who blogs here: http://theforesterartist.com/
Here’s Tim with lots to share…
International Day of Forests
International Day of Forests is a day designated by the United Nations to promote the importance of trees and forests in our lives. A worthy cause in my book for sure. In the United State we’re fortunate to have a mature forestry profession. I feel blessed to be a part of it.
In contemplating what this day means to me, I reflect back on experiences that I’ve had. I have only practiced forestry in the United State, but I’ve had opportunities to interact with forestry professionals from other countries a few times during my career.
Once, we were visited by a group of forestry professionals…
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Our new girl golden retriever puppy was born on the 6th. She will be coming home in about six weeks. I can’t wait.
It just so happens her Grandmother, Gracie, is staying with us for awhile. In fact, at this moment she is putting a stuffed toy wolverine in my lap and asking for me to throw it for her. She’s staying with us while I’m running her in the Junior Hunt Tests for her owner and personal friend, Sally. Blitz was Gracie’s cousin.
This weekend we attended the Marin Retriever Club Hunt Test in Corning, California. It was a double header and we ran dogs on Saturday and Sunday. Mary ran her Sailor, Sally ran her Bella and I ran Sally’s Gracie. Great fun was had by all, especially the dogs. Everybody qualified in both events.
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The King Fire devastated almost 98,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada, east of Sacramento. Our company lost 18,000 acres of forest. Lately, I’ve had opportunity to spend time in the burn area. There is a lot of work being done by our foresters, biologists, botanists, and others to protect the resources so the timber can be quickly salvaged in an environmentally sensible manner. Most people never get to see what is done to protect the soil, water, cultural resources, and wildlife. In the gallery are images of just some of the work being done.
There is a lot of preparation that has to be done prior to logging. It has taken a large team of resource professionals to get the job done on a project this size.
Just for children a picture book about wildfire and the forest rehabilitation that takes place after a fire. Check out, Firestorm In the Forest.
I’m in Sacramento today listening to a talk on amphibians and reptiles. It’s part of the program at the 2015 CLFA Spring Conference. CLFA is the California Licensed Foresters Association.
Continuing education is important to keeping up on new developments, rules and news involving California forestry. Personally, the most valuable part of the meeting is a chance to visit with friends and fellow professionals to catch up on what’s been going on.
The theme for today is all about wildlife, very interesting stuff. Foresters deal with wildlife issues every day. Often, we are the eyes and ears for the biologist. The forest management decisions we make affect wildlife and this information is vital in our process.
It’s the last presentation before lunch. I’m looking forward to that!
It’s day five! I was tagged to do the 3 pieces of art a day for 5 days, Art Challenge, by Mark Mitchell. This is the last post. The theme for today is “Story Books”, that I’ve illustrated I put up illustrations from three different books.
I would love to give everyone a break, so I’m not tagging anybody for the Art Challenge. If you want to do it, then tell me and I’ll tag you!
It’s day four! I was tagged to do the 3 pieces of art a day for 5 days, Art Challenge, by Mark Mitchell. Hey Mark, this is starting to feel like homework. The theme for today is “Fur, Fins and Feathers.” I put up something old and something new.
I would love to see Ruth of Ruth’s Artwork do the Art Challenge. I picked Ruth because of her amazing pen and ink/watercolor, mixed media, architectural illustrations. She also does wonderful animals. She does lots of fantastic commissions. I recommend you check out her site.
Prints are available at Fine Art America.