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We don’t just restore a landscape. If we want to do it right, we need to restore the people along with the landscape. It’s so easy to get caught up in the deeply grooved channels of our usual way of thinking.
Most people would just let the land go “back to nature” without stepping in to help. But by participating, we can not only bring the birds, deer, fish and other creatures back more quickly and robustly, we also slow ourselves down enough to gain something more from the process. Like a stream, we need to be allowed to meander. Our flow is too fast sometimes, and the only solution is to widen out.
It feels good to do so. It’s a whole different way of being alive. Jeanine’s vision involves bringing more people — artists, students, tourists, botanists — to Vesper Meadow. No matter how much they care — or believe themselves not to care — going in, my hunch is that they’ll care more when they leave. That’s how we’ll know the restoration is working.
Tuula Rebhahn - Writer, journalist / Read Full Article
The Rogue Valley Messenger
Looking to explore southern Oregon or learn more about the conservation community? Check out some of Vesper Meadow’s Director, Jeanine Moy’s musings and recommendations in the local weekly.
Adventures in Education
Local TV show host, John Letz, interviews Vesper Meadow’s Director Jeanine Moy to learn more about the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and the early stages of developing the Vesper Meadow program. Watch the recording here.
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