Thursday, June 28, 2012

Writing Letters to Save the Tongass National [Rain] Forest -- Again!!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

It seems like it has been going on forever - the ecological riches of Alaska - those who want to "plunder" them for short-term economic gain -- and those who are forever fighting to Save them because of their Global Ecological significance!

Though I had heard about it before, it was when I acquired the book by Robert Glenn Ketchum, "THE TONGASS ALASKA'S VANISHING RAINFOREST" (copyright 1987) in 1988 that I saw the riches of that forest in his photographs and read about his on-the ground adventures there.  Though I have never been there, this book brought me closer to what is really there.


Here are two Quotes From "The Refuge of the Rain Forest" in "THE TONGASS ALASKA'S VANISHING RAINFOREST" by Robert Glenn Ketchum with Carey D. Ketchum:

"As we flew over the monumental landscape in a tiny bush plane, the greenness of the world below commanded all out attention.  Green of a richness unlike any shade of this color you have ever known.  Green of more varieties and nuances than you can imagine.  Green in every crack in every wall. Green covering the floors of the valley.  Green
even in the milky waters flowing out of the glaciers.  And everywhere that it is green, life abounds."

"Old-growth temperate rainforest once dominated the West Coast from Northern California to Kodiak Island in Alaska.  Remnants of old growth, such as the Hohn Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, are scattered along the Pacific Coast.  But, beautiful as they are, they are only remnants.  The Tongass is a world
unto itself, and for centuries it has remained virtually undisturbed.  Now a forest that has achieved full maturity, it has reached a steady state, encompassing trees of all ages, dominated by old monarchs of large size.  Beneath their canopy, younger trees grow toward the light, ready to replace any of the giants that might succumb to wind, rot, insects, or disease.  In the understory, herbs, shrubs, and vines grow in profusion.  Old trees that die and fall open windows to the sky that are filled by the most vigorous younger trees.  Lichens and moss grow everywhere on the forest floor as well as in the canopy.  The decaying trunks of trees that have fallen become "nurse" logs, simultaneously decomposing into soil and serving as seedbeds for new growth.  Biologists refer to this as a forest of uneven age, and consider it to be the most productive and diverse."

I don't know how to communicate to the readers the vast Ecological Value of this National [Rain] Forest - except by sharing with you photos and what others have written and said about it.

 -- Here is a video from Audobon Alaska -- it says and shows the key points on protecting this Global Treasure!!                                                               

In a recent response to the recent attempts of a corporation, Sealaska Corporation, to acquire 65,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest for them to commercially log - including clear-cutting Old Growth trees - for their corporate short-term gain - apparently with no consideration for the Ecological Values of this land or with any 
attempt at conserving these Globally significant values - 300 scientists (listed in the document) wrote this "An Open Letter from Over 300 Scientists on Protecting the Tongass National Forest", which is embedded at the end of this post!

For me it is all pretty much covered in this statement in this Letter, which has a number of Footnotes referencing research and statements from prominent scientists in Forestry Resources and Research:

"When rainforests are logged, much of their stored carbon is released as a greenhouse gas pollutant during site preparation, manufacture, and transport of wood products, which in the case of the Tongass, involves long distances to the Pacific Rim. These losses are not made up by storing carbon temporarily in wood products or by  planting trees, as the on-site reduction in carbon storage from logging takes at least 200 years to return to about the same amount of stored carbon in the uncut old-growth forest."

The reference (5) for this statement in the letter is:
5Harmon ME, Ferrell WK, Franklin JF. 1990. Effects on carbon storage of conversion of old-growth forests to young forests. Science 247:699–702. -- 

 -- including a Forestry Scientist who I have known of for years - and who I have heard speak -- and even emailed with some:  Dr. Jerry F. Franklin -- so I personally feel I can trust this data!!

200 years at least to attempt to restore the same amount of stored carbon that would be released if this Old Growth in the Tongass National Forest is logged???? 

-- And I am afraid that I am not sure of any guarantees of that restoration happening it in that time - with current conditions and Climate Change, we may never be able to have this same Old Growth that they want to remove - again!!  I heard this being discussed by scientists at a Science Workshop in 1999 put on by the Sierra Nevada Framework of the US Forest Service.

We don't have the 200 years on Earth, anyway, I am afraid -- We simply cannot afford to allow such logging in the Tongass National Forest.

How much more do you want to read to be convinced??

I am writing my Senators and the President in this case -- it is said that even if they already agree with you, they need to receive comments to support and back their positions on these things -- so write I will!!

Do you want to?? -- You can!! -- Comments on public lands are allowed - and even welcomed by some - in the United States of America!!

For further Scientific and Agricultural reading -- you might want to check these papers online:

  2. LIGHTENING THE TREAD OF POPULATION ON THE LAND by Paul E. Waggoner, Jessie H. Ausubel and Iddo K. Werrick
  3. Higher density means world forests are capturing more carbon
  4. Searching for Leverage to Conserve Forests:The Industrial Ecology of Wood Products in the United States

An Open Letter from Over 300 Scientists on Protecting the Tongass National Forest

Saturday, June 23, 2012

AMERICANA Themes In My Thread Crochet

Ruth Sandra Sperling 
RSS Designs In Fiber
- My Handmade Designs on Bonanza - or on Etsy - or Get Them Privately


I like doing or making things in "AMERICANA"!

"AMERICANA" refers to objects that somehow are related to being Patriotic to the United States, including Household Objects!

Well -- I make Home Decor (household objects) or Decorative Fiber Arts - and when I do them in an "AMERICANA" theme, then they are either "Red, White and Blue" to reflect the colors of our Flag - or like the 6-piece Coaster set in the lower left picture, have a White Star on Navy with Red and White Stripes!!

Different Shades of Blue are also considered an "AMERICANA" Theme - hence including the Navy and Medium Blue Striped Drawstring Bag.

Though the Three Holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran's Day are usually associated with "AMERICANA" Decorative themes - some decorate or have things in such Color themes all year round -- or have collections or areas of their homes in "AMERICANA" - and those are the people who buy my "AMERICANA" Crochet!!

All of the above 4 items picture can be found in at the links below (clockwise from the upper left picture):

1. AMERICANA Red, White & Blue Lace Drawstring Pouch

2. AMERICANA Red, White & Blue Circles Coaster

3.  Striped Light and Navy Blue Drawstring Pouch

4, AMERICANA White Star in Navy, Red & White Coaster Set

Here are some Photos of other "AMERICANA" I made myself -- and SOLD!



Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Rose - the Flower of June

Ruth Sandra Sperling 
RSS Designs In Fiber
- Get My Handmade Designs on Bonanza - or on Etsy - or Privately

Ah-h-h - ROSES!!

Fiber Art Vase of Roses

They mean different things to different people.

They come in all different Sizes and Colors - and Shapes even!

They have been one of my favorite flowers since I was a little girl -- and for my birthday (which is in June!), I always got a vase of the miniature tea roses, which I loved!

What I have been doing since sometime in 2004 - is crocheting them - all types and sizes, some are "3-dimensional" with layers of petals -- and some are flat, but Roses I crochet!

The top photo above is a project I did last year which I blogged about then - I decided to kind of do the Crocheted Roses "free-form" -- and so they would look like the Cabbage Roses that grow wild around here where I live.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Crochet Tapestry for Decor - California Poppy In The Sky

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on Bonanza and Etsy

"California Poppy In The Sky" Tapestry Crochet

I am doing Crochet and Knitting mostly now for Decor - in the Home or Office or School - or anywhere you want to do some decorating.

My newest project that I completed is:

-- pictured above!

A Colorful Spring and Summer Flower Decoration!

The idea of doing it and the technique to be used sort of "evolved" over time!  I have several Elizabeth Hiddleson books -- and one of them has a Filet Crochet pattern called "Poppy Time" in it.

  • I knew the first time that I looked at it that I wanted to do something with it!
  • Took me a while to figure it out!
  • I decided to use the Filet Crochet Chart to do a Solid Fabric Crochet Tapestry in Colors!!

"Crochet Tapestry" or "Tapestry Crochet" also has other descriptive names, such as "Colorwork".

I t looks like it is woven, but believe me - this is painstakingly done in single crochet - and I loved doing it!!

The Poppy Flower Bloom was done in an Orange - the Leaves were done in a Holiday Green - all against a Sky Blue background to give the impression that it is "floating in the sky"!

The Edge of the piece is done in a Rounded Crab Stitch (or reverse single crochet) for a finished edge.

Originally, I thought of it as a Table Runner, but as it is a Solid Fabric, it can also easily be mounted or framed and hung up.

This fits in Decor Styles of COUNTRY or PRIMITIVE or FOLK ART.

You can find other Handmade pieces I have made in "Crochet Tapestry" in this Section of my Bonanza Booth:  "Crochet Tapestry Art Decor" and in my Etsy Shop!

The Poppy Flower is the State Flower of the State of California, where I live.  It can be seen growing wild in various locations in that State!