Some people have dreams of being rich and famous. But Larry Paul's dream was to have a Forest Fire Look Out Tower in the Long Island Pine Barrens. For a brief time many of us worked with him on this vision. Quality Parks was willing to fundraise for it, and the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning & Policy Commission twice secured funding. It was never settled as to where to place the historic fire tower, nor to address safety issues. However, it was supported by those who realized its educational and ecotourism values. Perhaps someday, we will find a way.
How I Go To The Woods
by Mary Oliver
Ordinarily I go to the woods alone,
with not a single friend,
for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.
I don't really want to be witnessed
talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree.
I have my way of praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible,
I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned.
I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me,
I must love you very much.