TWHC 2011 Conference Book and Updates

TWHC 2011 Conference Book and Updates

2011 TWHC UPDATES • First Look at Just Completed Conference Book • Attendance Surpasses Last Year At This Time • Important Conference Details • and… a Canyon Greening Progress on the Traditions In Western Herbalism Conference continues, in a rush of valuable tasks and crazed deadlines. We have a second wonderful outreach helper just volunteered, and Resolute takes care of so much from her home that we were able to focus this weeks on those things only Kiva and I can do. Many long days and late nights on the laptops have done a number on our computers, necessitating we find ways to pay for replacements, and with 700 page books in the works we needed more memory to handle our projects anyway. We have to trust that enough will come in to cover what is the...

Anima Wallow Fire Final Update & Thanks

Anima Wallow Fire Final Update & Thanks

Anima Wallow Fire Final Update and Thanks • No New Growth in 24 hrs!  Wallow Fire held at 540,000 acres • Fire pump and Sprinklers Arrived and Tested • First breaths of relief • And gratitude, so much gratitude… The situation has steadily improved since the winds of June 5th, and unless conditions drastically change, the threat from the horrendous Wallow Fire can be said to be over! For the first time, we can report zero new growth of the perimeter over the course of a 24 hour period. Fire fighters continue to support the line protecting the village of Blue, and to treat areas still burning within the Southeastern section that long worried us so.  The National Guard has been called away from nearby Reserve, and many fighters have been moved to battle the...

Fires of Change: A Wallow Fire Retrospective

Fires of Change: A Wallow Fire Retrospective

The Fires Of Change Passion and Transformation, Destruction and Renewal A Wallow Fire Retrospective by Jesse Wolf Hardin Anima Sanctuary and School Sniff the wind, and it’s not hard to imagine the acrid smell of smoke or the fires of change ever lapping at our heals. They threaten not only our drought-plagued forests and homes, but also old illusions about management, protection and “control.” And it’s by their light we come to know what to hold on to and what to let go of. As I post this article, the horrendous Wallow Fire of June, 2011 has been officially contained at around 540,000 acres in size, the largest in the region of Arizona and New Mexico in recorded times. It generally lifted and leaned toward the northeast, often rushing directly at us ahead of 50...

Wallow Fire Update June 17

Wallow Fire Update June 17

Wallow Fire Update New Mexico – June 17 Anima Sanctuary and School by Jesse Wolf Hardin Busy as we are, we feel like we owe it to all those caring and asking, to try to post updates at least every couple of days… and especially given the sad dearth of up to date reports elsewhere.  Thank you so much for your comments, letters and support. Update June 17th The now infamous Wallow Fire Grows to Over 1/2 Million Acres – over 750 square miles in size – with only 33% containment… and with that containment on the heavily populated north side, while the eastern front continues to push towards and into New Mexico. This spread is largely overlooked by the national news channels including Fox, who have reported only about fire fighting efforts “turning...

Wallow Fire and Emergency Fund

Wallow Fire and Emergency Fund

Wallow Fire Update June 10 and  Emergency Fire Fund Set Up by Jesse Wolf Hardin We wake up again to a thick fog of smoke from the swelling Wallow wildfire, with the rising sun tinted a remarkable blood red color.   This is the point in the movie when Bambi and the other creatures of the forest sense the nearness of danger and begin their stampede in the direction of safety, but we are not ready to treat the burning of our canyon as inevitable.  This  botanical and wildlife sanctuary was devoid of most plant species when I moved here 35 Winters ago, and the thick green diversity and hundred feet high cottonwood trees I see from my cabin window are the result of those years of planting and protection.  The fires continue their push our way, yet until the moment...

In Balance: Invasive Species, Natives, Healing and Wholeness

In Balance: Invasive Species, Natives, Healing and Wholeness

The following article on invasive plants is excerpted from a much longer version that appears in Issue #3 of Plant Healer Magazine. In the interest of full understanding, I recommend taking time to read the full piece, with its extensive discussion of the arguments and examples used by both sides of what has recently become a contentious debate. The fate of diverse ecosystems, as well as our personal evolving relationship with the plant world, may depend on a balanced investigation and our individual and collective response. -Kiva Rose In Balance: Invasive Species, Natives, Healing & Wholeness By Jesse Wolf Hardin “Unlike traditional people, most modern humans never get to the stage of knowing the place deeply. We are like tourists passing through the land in...