Caring for Land

How to start a fire

Farming communities are fanning the flames of a new environmental movement that protects both farmers and habitat

by Bryan Gilvesy

For nearly 30 years, my wife Cathy and I rushed out to our woodlot in an attempt to outrace the squirrels. We had, on our farm, one of the last remaining mature American chestnut trees, and we wanted to make sure its seeds were carried far and wide across our 40-hectare Carolinian woodlot. We were not driven by regulatory dictates or environmental science; we were simply doing what farmers do best: plant and grow things.