Once numerous in mid-Ohio farm land, the Northern Bobwhite no longer sings in Richland or Ashland Counties. What could be a better avatar for the restoration of farmland conservation ethics?
|Northern Bobwhite, photo courtesy of Michael Godfrey|
With an eye to the future, Ohio Department of Natural Resources has committed a huge investment into Malabar Farm State Park. Farming is about to undergo radical changes in the Midwest, forced by climate change and farm run-off impacting our lakes and waterways.
It is time to ask ourselves, "What would Louie do?"
Louis Bromfield spent the last years of his life working for farm reforms to make agriculture better and more conservation minded. We have come to realize it is not the environment or the economy. Now we have learned:
What is good for the environment is ultimately good for the economy, too.
Cattle? Sure I love them, med-rare. I'll have mine grass fed, please. It is a whole new world out there, and Ohio has some of the leading experts on sustainable farming. Look into the writings of Gene Logsdon.
We love this land, and want the farm addressed with respect to farming and the future. Bring back the buffer zones that protect our water and create habitat. We'll have a side order of quail too, please.
These trees are witness to the changing land. They survived the arrival of white settlers, the Great Depression and now we need to protect them for our children.
Sugar Maples will not do well as the climate continues to warm. Our vegetation is changing, and the butterflies and birds around us are already adjusting to this change. We need to listen and learn more form nature if we really have our "eye to the future."