If there is one resource most important to me, aside from other human beings, it’s forests.

Forests are not necessarily economically productive, but they are essential, as far as I’m concerned.  Forests are important for many reasons!

Save the (Fill-in-the-Blank) Forest!

I’ve donated money to help save well-known forests, like the Brazilian rainforest.  That’s an almost ubiquitous cause; “Save the Rainforest” is a phrase we’re all familiar with and sympathetic towards.

I’ve also supported lesser-known forests, like Lilley Cornett Woods in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Lilley Cornett Woods is a 554 acre tract that includes 252 acres of old-growth forest.

“Save Bernheim Forest” is Not Controversial

Recently, I displayed a yard sign reading “Save Bernheim Forest.”  

Bernheim Forest (in Clermont, KY) is in unique danger and needs specific intervention.   Louisville Gas and Electric wants to annex part of Bernheim Forest for a pipeline, setting a dangerous precedent by superseding Bernheim’s legal protection.   

Nobody confronted me about the sign. 

Because individually supporting Bernheim Forest doesn’t mean other forests are less important.  It simply means that Bernheim is uniquely endangered and needs special help.

People and Forests are Similar in this Respect

You can intervene on behalf of one forest without sacrificing your commitment to help all forests. 

It doesn’t mean that forest is more important.  It doesn’t mean other forests are less important.  It simply means there is a forest needing immediate and special help!  

All of which is illustrated by the fact that no one chided my “Save Bernheim Forest” yard sign by telling me that, “ALL forests matter!” 

While all forests matter, some forests have critical needs.  

It works the same with people and communities.