As Eastman residents, we love our woods. But are we loving them to death?
By Laura Nagy
DID YOU KNOW THAT:
- We are surrounded by a “climax forest” that is the product of key events in local history?
- “Ecological forest management” really involves the entire ecosystem—not just trees but wildlife, water quality, aesthetics, human uses, even carbon emissions?
- The initials “EAB” stand for a significant threat to some of Eastman’s most beautiful hardwoods?
- Selective cutting of trees, rather than harming the environment, may actually enhance it?
Eastman Community Association (ECA) has many staff and volunteers who focus on particular aspects of our surroundings. It’s Sustainable Eastman’s task, however, to coordinate and facilitate broad-based efforts among these groups to maintain our unique resources now and into the future.
That’s why, in conjunction with forestry professionals, ECA’s department heads and committee chairs, Sustainable Eastman is exploring steps that individuals and the community can take to promote a balanced and sustainable ecosystem throughout Eastman. The committee will develop educational programs and share information that supports environmental quality, biodiversity, “house health,” and sustainable practices community-wide. The Forest Initiative will create awareness and suggest options for individual actions and policy changes to help Members make informed decisions that will keep Eastman and its signature woodlands thriving.