1. There are more than thousands of species of lichen and they are at home in the canopies of our North Pacific temperate rain forests. The perfect examples of cooperation, lichen are composed of algae and fungi that work together. Lichens survive where neither of these species could likely survive successfully alone. Lichen display incredible beauty in their growth, color and habitat. In the Healing Garden, we like lichen. It is an indicator of things to come. An indicator species speaks for the invisible. Thank you for your meaningful snap. – The Healing Garden gardener

  2. You are welcome. The healing capacity of lichens is extraordinary. Scientific study of our temperate forest canopies, and other types of old growth forests around the world, demonstrate lichen communities may take decades, or centuries, to recover from destruction. The reappearance of your lichens are the visitations from honored friends. Rain forests extend a vast healing capacity. – The Healing Garden gardener

    • Thank you, that is very good to hear. Our forest was logged in the late 1890’s so it is good that it is getting back on it’s feet again. Over the past 40 years we have seen lots of changes in the makeup of the forest as the amount of light hitting the forest floor changes. The re-introduced elk are also having an effect, browsing the salal mostly which opens things for other vegetation to take hold.

  3. Yes. The beauty of fearless elk. Several historical herds roam the Olympic Peninsula. They will clear the understory and any garden fence under nine feet. – The Healing Garden gardener

    • We have a herd that fluctuates between 5 to 15. As it grows the conservation officers live trap them and move them to new areas. They have been in our forest for 20 years now but for some reason have never come into our cultivated garden area. Our neighbours have had all sorts of problems and have had to fence their property. As with all the wild animals around us, they are wonderful to watch and experience.

  4. Elk and deer are best managed, in our experience, by an absence of attention on the object(s) you wish ignored. Your woodshed is handsome. How many cord do you put up a winter? – The Healing Garden gardener

    • I use about 2 cords a year. Most of it windfall or dead trees. Forty years ago I used to worry that I would eventually clearcut our land to fill the woodshed but looking around today you would hardly notice the absence of trees. All part of managing the forest.

  5. You are frugal, indeed! Our forests benefit from our rainfall. Our trees grow at 10 times the rate of the Russian taiga. Naturally, to their commercial demise. What we can set aside well make great strides toward recovery in a century. – The Healing Garden gardener

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