Friday, July 7, 2017

First They Logged The Woods

Now they're logging the houses built from the woods.

An early ambition was to own a piece of freshly-harvested timber land, put up a little shack on stilts in the middle of a field of stumps, and sit there watching the next crop of trees mature. That never happened, but it's been a lifelong pleasure to do the same thing on Capitol Hill, that is developing faster than the eye can see. 

The one relic I truly miss is a towering and ancient pine on the shoulder of Denny Way. On a bus trip downtown in 1973, a retired logger pointed it out as a rare species that had survived the first wave of development. Presumably early loggers had recognized its worth. Plant Amnesty might have saved it, but the organization was not founded until around 1987 -30-

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