We are all so fortunate to have National Parks and Forest Preserves. In NY particularly Adirondack Park Reserve, and Catskill Forest preserve. 3million acres of land have been put aside and is maintained by Forest Rangers, and Environmental specialists. Citizens can play a part in the future of these natural resources as well.
When we hike these lands we are visitors. The forests are enjoyed by all. As we were hiking today we came across a sign that said “private land” and I thought to myself how generous the landowner was (or maybe there simply was no choice when the land was purchased?) to let total strangers hike across their land. Such trust that the signs that say “stay on trail” are followed!
Just saying as side thought, this sounds like the concept of a Library! Tax dollars pay for books, media, resources. Accessible to all and based on a trust that there will respect shown to not only the material, but to the other people who use the material.
Random connections of things you think about when in total natural wild beauty…
Before I yank this out, would any of you gardeners out there know if this is a large leafed weed or is it a wildflower that made its way up from Jurassic Park. FYI the leaf you are seeing measures roughly 14″ long
Dandelions. Weed or Salad Green? The answer is: both.
At this time of year, growing up in Queens I would see people walking aside the Long Island Expressway pulling dandelion weeds, which I thought was very neighborly of them to do. There was an abundance of them along the highway and fortunately people would not walk their dogs on the other side of the highway fence. However, even at a young age I questioned their judgement, as I felt that carbon monoxide, that silent killer that we all grew up fearing, was the poison that these very plants were filtering. You may not inhale it, but was it possible that you could ingest it? Not sure, but I never wanted to test that out. To this day, even though they grow wild and unscathed by herbicide in my back yard, I hesitate to throw dandelion greens in the family lunch.
There are many such plants that scattered around backyards, and are there for the snacking. My reluctance to try many of them is the fact that I feel if it were good to eat, the bunnies and deer would have beat me to them.
A few good books we have at the Library that help you distinguish edible from not
Edible : an illustrated guide to the world’s food plants
The forager’s harvest : a guide to identifying, harvesting, and preparing edible wild plants
The Foraging Gourmet: The complete guide to edible wild plants, mushrooms, fruits, and nuts