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42,876. O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!
O for a beaker full of the warm South,
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
And purple-stained mouth;
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the forest dim. (Alcohol & Drink & Wine & Forest) John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale stanza II
73,453. Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? (Forest & Tiger) William Blake, The Tiger
4,076. This is the oldest forest in Africa. A relic really of a time when trees dominated the planet. So this really has a feeling descended into that lost world. (Earth & Forest & Trees) Professor Iain Stewart, How to Grow a Planet III: The Challenger, BBC 2012
4,078. The forests started breaking up. The grasses were on a land grab. Conquering the territory once held by the trees ... The world was ablaze ... Grasses were dominating the land. (Earth & Forest & Grass & Tree) ibid.
21,368. Outside this house is a forest, a vast dark scary forest full of evil things lurking behind trees waiting to get ya. (GBH Films & Forest) The Wee Man 2013 starring Patrick Bergin & Bhrina Bache & Hannah Blamires & Lewis Brand & Mark Burdis & Martin Compston & Chris Cowlin & Steve Daly & Simon DeSilva & Paul Donnelly & Gary Driscoll et al, director Ray Burdis, father's bedside story
42,619. The environment is probably the major victim next to human beings of the debt crisis, if only because countries are obliged to cash in their resources. They must cut down their forests. They must dig up their minerals and ruin their land, producing cash crops to earn enough currency to keep on paying the debt. There is an almost perfect correlation between the top debtors and the top deforesters. There is a striking correlation. (Debt & Environment & Forest) Dr Susan George, author The Debt Boomerang
49,255. The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison. (Industry & Forest & Jungle) Karl Marx, Capital II
51,487. In the space of a few generations we have laid waste to paradise. The Tall-grass Prairie has been transformed into a corn factory where wildlife means the exotic pheasant. The Shortgrass Prairie is a grid of carefully fenced cow pastures and wheat-fields. The Passenger Pigeon is no more; the last one died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The endless forests of the East are tame woodlots. With few exceptions, the only virgin deciduous forest there is in tiny museum pieces of hundreds of acres. Fewer than one thousand Grizzlies remain. The last three condors left in the wild were captured and imprisoned in the Los Angeles Zoo. (An expensive reintro- duction effort has since been started.) Except in northern Minnesota and northwestern Montana, wolves are known as scattered individuals drifting across the Canadian and Mexican borders. Four percent of the peerless Redwood Forest remains and the ancient forests of Oregon are all but gone. The tropical cats have been shot and poisoned from our Southwestern borderlands. The subtropical Eden of Florida has been transmogrified into hotels and citrus orchards. Domestic cattle have grazed bare and radically altered the composition of the grassland communities of the West, displacing Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Pronghorn and leading to the virtual extermination of Grizzly Bear, Gray Wolf, Cougar, and other ‘varmints’. Dams choke most of the continent’s rivers and streams. (Environment & Trees & Forest & Animals & Extinction & Nature & Countryside) Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood, Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching
51,488. You may have heard of the Earth Liberation Front: the Attorney General himself says it’s a domestic terrorist organisation. The FBI says it’s one of the most dangerous groups in the country. (Environment & Trees & Forest) Storyville: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, US news report
51,489. Most of America feels that the US Forest Service’s job is to protect the forest; but the Forest Service is part of the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Agriculture looks on this forest as crops. (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid. activist
51,490. ‘The largest domestic terror investigation in the history of the United States.’ (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid. district attorney
51,491. They are tear-gassing the crowd and pepper-straying the crowd. (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid.
51,492. 95% of the standing native forests in the United States have been cut down. (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid. environmentalist logger
51,493. ‘If you don’t release, I’m going to do the other eye.’ (Environ- ment & Trees & Forest) rozzer pepper-sprayer
51,494. In May 2001 members of the ELF launched an attack against two sites at once: a first for the organisation. (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid.
51,495. The takedown presented an enormous logistical challenge. (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid.
51,496. ‘When you’re screaming at the top of your lungs and no-one hears you, what are you supposed to say, what are you supposed to do?’ (Environment & Trees & Forest) ibid. Daniel
51,498. What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. (Environment & Forest) Mahatma Gandhi
51,808. The winter forests can support very few plant-eaters. (Animals & Forests) David Attenborough, The Living Planet: The Northern Forests III
52,676. This forest covers only 3% of the planet’s surface but it contains more than 50% of all its plants and animals. The canopy is particularly rich. There are monkeys, birds and millions of species of insects. Exactly how many we have no idea. (Forest & Animals) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Pole to Pole
52,642. Trees – surely among the most magnificent of all living things. Some are the largest organisms on earth dwarfing all others, and these are the tallest of them all. The deciduous and coniferous woodlands that grow in the seasonal parts of our planet are the most extensive forests on earth. (Animals & Earth & Trees & Forests) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Seasonal Forests s10
52,643. Giant Redwood ... These conifers grow at ten times the rate of those near the Arctic, and they live for thousands of years. (Animals & Earth & Trees & Forests) ibid.
51,891. An unbroken belt of forest that stretches seven miles around our planet and contains one third of all the trees on Earth. (Animals & Forest & Trees) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet I, BBC 2011
52,444. Bromeliads and the frogs that live in them are only one example of the complex relationships that abound in the rain forests. (Plants & Forests) David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants I 2012
80,079. This beautiful lemur has now become a symbol of the fight to save the forest. (Madagascar & Forest) David Attenborough and the Giant Egg 2011