The Maine Woods

A Publication of the Forest Ecology Network

 Volume Five     Number One                           Late Winter 2001

 A Letter from the Editor

by Paul Donahue

In past issues of The Maine Woods we have had contributions from young people, and in this issue we have three such contributions, A Need to Act  by Amanda Warren, Your Inactions Are as Destructive as Your Actions   by Ethan Warren, and Close Encounters of an Avian Kind   by Andrew Paul Brissette. The reasons for this should be easy to understand. For any concerned citizen paying attention to today's trends, it ought to be clear that our environment is in very serious trouble. If our society is to have any hope of halting this downward slide, then large numbers of young people will have to be drawn into the

Young birder and The Maine Woods contributor Andrew Brissette watching Harlequin Ducks in the surf.   Photo by Paul Donahue.

environmental movement as they are the world's future leaders, voters and consumers. Beyond that, saving the planet will require every bit of energy, commitment, ingenuity, strength, passion, and perseverance that the human race can muster, and these qualities are most likely to be found among young people. At FEN we encourage the participation of young people in all our efforts to safeguard and restore Maine's forests, and welcome their contributions to The Maine Woods. 

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