I am a lifelong tree-hugger. And invariably, whenever I wrap my arms around a tree, what I feel is the subtle strong energy of the whole forest. This is no accident.
From my notes to this video: Trees are not Darwinian individualists, but above and below ground communities. Fungi connect one plant to another plant, cycling carbon and nitrogen back and forth according to who needs it. Diversity of species creates resilience. Giant mother trees are linked to other trees as far as the eye can see, and move some of their legacy to the new generation. By cutting them down to make “2 by 4s”, we don’t allow them to move their energy into the next generations.