November 5th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
My friennd Annette sent this nature quote to me a couple years ago but I still think about it often:
Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees.
Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts;
and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once,
to hear the trees speak for themselves,
all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.
-John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)
John Muir co-founded the Sierra Club and is often referred to as the Father of the USA National Park Service. He is America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist. At Vermont Woods Studios, our mission is founded on sustainable forestry, so Muir's life and accomplishments serve as a poignant reminder of the important things that just one person can do. Here's how Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard put it in an interview with Sierra Magazine:
I really do believe that each of us can make a difference and help to change the world. What do you think?
Heading out for a walk in the woods now
October 7th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Today the congressional bipartisan Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests issued its report highlighting the fact that we cannot win the battle against climate change without protecting the world's forests. Hmmm.. seems like what we've been saying right here for YEARS.
Read more about it in the commission's report.
Here are a few frightening facts we've put out before that were reiterated by the Commission:
Can you believe that? How many Pennsylvanias do we have to spare?
As wood furniture makers, we feel responsibility in the area of forest stewardship. We are contacting our representatives in congress to urge them to read, understand and take action on the findings of the Commission's report. We hope you will too.