Cryptoforesty, as Wilfried describes it in that post, emphasizes "the psychological effects of a forest" rather than the forest's pure ecological function; indeed, he writes, "The point is not that wolfs and bears are needed to fulfill ecological functions that are now null and void, the point is that a forest with such animals fuels the imagination and adds zest to life, even to those who would never visit such a 'full' forest." And, thus, he quips, "If the forest is empty," devoid of its animal sentience, "so is the mind."And an interesting map of the distribution of European wolves, who are coming back.
January 11, 2011
Cryptoforests, Wolves, and Feral Landscapes
At Bldgblog, a discussion with links on "cryptoforests" in urban landscapes.