2ish mile snowshoe, 2700 ft of elevation gain, wolf tracks, fire lookout views, snacks & friends= a pretty ok day
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Going to start posting the books I'm reading on here, ones that fit with the agenda of this Insta. This is the first, a first hand account of what it is to be a fire lookout in New Mexico, completely alone in a cabin on stilts for 6 months of the year.
What is interesting is the talk of fire as something of a keystone in that environment, and not as a merely destructive element. The book argues that a wilderness should be kept as close to its natural form, without the interference of humans.
For example, in the Gila territory the book describes, fires were previously fought so that the land could act as pasture for grazing herds, yet this was detrimental to the ecology of the place. It shows how intensive farming can ruin a landscape and result in horrific natural disasters. 'Hundreds of thousands of head of livestock swarmed over southern New Mexico, up to the highest reaches of the Gila country. The consequences were shocking and immediate. In 1895, a great flood swept out of the Pinos Altos mountains and tore through what was then the heart of Silver City... ... By the middle of the twentieth century, much that was wrong with the Gila could be summed up in six words: too many livestock, too few fires. The forest had become a scenic pasturing ground for private ranchers, as indeed too much of it remains.' This, without doing it intentionally, links to George Monbiot's book 'Feral', and the concept of 'Rewilding'.