a video about Elsie,
A Crusader for Conservation,
19 September 2014,
by Tennessee’s Wild Side, “The Emmy Award winning show produced through the generosity of the Jackson
Foundation, Tennessee State Parks, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.”
Lots of good pictures, some video snippets of Elsie, and some narration by her nephew Patrick and by Biologist Tom Hemmerly, who reminds us of Elsie’s work at Radner Lake, in addition to her cedar glades work.
Ranger Buddy Ingram explains her biggest contribution may have been
in getting numerous different segments of society to cooperate
in saving whole ecologies.
Botanist Kim Sadler and others explain how inspiring all that is to generations
As Elsie said in 2006:
The general public needs to know what’s around them.
They need to be learning that there’s a world that is not paved.
There are lots of things that have life and function in the whole scheme,
people as well as plants and animals.
Not just dogs you’ve got on a leash, but animals that live out there,
are part of the whole ecosystem.
Owners of large tracts of forest land also will get a lot of interest
from the business community. Like farmers, environmental experts see
them as a huge player in the carbon economy because of their natural
ability to absorb carbon.
Louis Blumberg, director of climate change for the Nature Conservancy’s
California chapter, envisions a system in which forest owners could make
money simply by signing an agreement to cut down fewer trees for lumber.
South Georgia has a lot of forest land. Some of it is even natural.
Maybe Georgia Power or Colquitt Electric would like to trade some
carbon credits for letting trees grow longer.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a power comapany based in Georgia.
Maybe PG&E would like to trade….