For the Love of Trees

pm105_550Though born and raised elsewhere, Jerry Becker is now a de facto indigenous member of Oregon’s Elk River watershed. The credo he lives by is Respect. He and his family have lived lightly “long before it was cool.” An ecoforester, Jerry manages the woods sensitively with an eye to its wholeness. For the past thirty years he has worked with Friends of Elk River to protect wilderness regions in the watershed. In the last decade he formed the Elk River Land Trust, working with private landowners to protect agricultural and forest lands from development. Ripples of his gentle respectfulness permeate the Elk River forest community. Episode 105. [www.foer.org, www.erlt.org]

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  1. Iselin Celestine says:

    Watched this a second time. Jerry makes point-after-point throughout the show – evidence that this gentleman has been living ‘with’ the land for a long time. His awareness and observations about creatures, plants, food that is available to us in our local environment, climate change (and as being of more concern than Peak oil), and so much more can greatly benefit those (most) of us who have not been accustomed to living thus. Much quiet wisdom in this exchange.

  2. Iselin Celestine says:

    The animals always seem to gravitate to Janaia:) This was a peaceful grounding show even as issues of real concern, local and global, were discussed. I greatly wish for such a way of life, living locale, and even more community who are motivated and inspired to live thus. Thank you both.

  3. Thank you very much for a job well done. I appreciate the chance to tell my story, and your help is tremendous. Good on you gals.

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