Quaking Aspen and the Human Experience: Dimensions, Issues, and Challenges
Contribution to Book
Sustaining aspen in western landscapes: symposium proceedings, June 3-15, 2000, Grand Junction, CO. Fort Collins, CO. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 460 pp.
WD Shepperd, D Binkley, DL Bartos, TJ Stohlgren, and LG Eskew compilers
Humans assign four types of meanings to aspen landscapes: (1) instrumen- tal meanings dealing with the attainment of a goal—such as production of pulp or provision of recreation opportunities; (2) aesthetic meanings; (3) cultural/symbolic meanings dealing with spiritual and social attachments to landscapes; and (4) individual/expressive meanings derived out of interactions with aspen landscapes at the personal level. The amount of knowledge available for each meaning varies, with most knowledge developed for instrumental meanings. Management of aspen occurs within a dynamic social and political context, with greater emphasis being placed on the latter two meanings, but without the empirical, positivist basis to support actions. Therefore, a change in the planning paradigm used to develop decisions is needed.
I wonder about the trees. Why do we wish to bear Forever the noise of these More than another noise So close to our Dwelling place?
Robert Frost, The Sound of the Trees
McCool, Stephen F., "Quaking Aspen and the Human Experience: Dimensions, Issues, and Challenges" (2001). Aspen Bibliography. Paper 617.