Just plain hot today. It felt like June or even July. Buds continue to swell and spring bulbs and weeds are popping up. Reports of birds and butterflies back 20-30 days earlier than average. Also the maple syrup crop is pretty much finished, most having made only 5-10% of normal. This is scary.
Who would ever have dreamed that one day our streets would no longer be lined with American Elm (Ulmus americana) or our forests filled with American Chestnut (Castanea dentata)? And yet, that is what it has come to. There now remains one great American Elm in Montpelier and three smaller (50 years-old). That’s it. A few American Chestnuts survive in the area but all show disease.
The global changes taking place now dwarf these two eco-disasters. I find it nearly impossible to imagine what might be coming. But what is here already, even what seems to be just a pleasantly warm early spring day, is terrifying. Trees can be part of slowing the process of climate change but, alone, are not enough.
I need to do more, I need to begin now.