Forest People Stories
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We began the evening by inviting Aaron to share some of his personal story of growing up and staying in the community.
(how a writer became a forester)
Staying around included forming “Double Barrel Darrel” with a group of friends. This track off the band’s first album reflects Aaron’s connection and affection for place.
Staying in Goshen
(preserving a connection to place)
In the Ground
Putting down unexpected roots
(how a property became a home)
(learning lessons from the land)
A succession of trees and vocation
“We are forest people”
Throughout the evening we explored the many interconnections between Aaron’s work and the broader community.
Educating Forest People
(field trips and other interactions with local schools)
(how forestry depends on relationships between people and trees, which enhance relationships between people)
Engaging local media
(how a grant engaged local media to help tell a broader narrative about our forests)
A systems perspective
(connecting the dots to see the forest in new ways)
Encountering a legacy of nut trees
(stumbling into relationships and encountering ripples of stories)
the elm tree at Kunderd Road
Resilience Lost – the Story of an Elm
(what the Maple City can learn from a miraculous elm)
(preparing for an unknown future)
The social art of tree care
(how listening to stories can inspire empathy for trees)
We wrapped up the evening looking at the big picture of how Goshen’s urban forest contributes to community resilience.
(using calamity to build a more resilient tree canopy)