September 11, 2013 UPDATE: It worked! This forest has now been SAVED and protected for perpetuity! Read the story here in the Langley Advance.
Original November 26, 2012 posting:
The Han Shan Project: An Urgent Call for Poems about Trees from Poets who Love Them
From poet Susan McCaslin (email@example.com):
So in the spirit of Han Shan, poets everywhere are invited to join the urgent effort to speak for the trees of McLellan Forest East, an endangered rainforest in Glen Valley, Langley, British Columbia. It could be sold for private development and logged after Dec. 17th, 2012.
Send us a tree poem and we’ll post it on a tree in the forest. One poem per poet. Keep it to one page with your name at the bottom. Small photo of you is okay.
The poems will be put into plastic covers and hung on the trees. Published or unpublished work is fine. It’s not exactly an anthology, unless you think of the forest as an anthology.
This is the west coast, so poems about species such as fir, hemlock, cedar, hemlock, spruce, bigleaf maple, black cottonwoods are especially relevant.
Send your poem IMMEDIATELY to Susan McCaslin who can provide more information about the forest and the issue: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: This remarkable and ecologically important forest will be sold by the Township of Langley for private development after Dec. 17, 2012 if something radical is not done immediately to keep Council from proceeding.
If a local environmental group doesn’t raise $3 million by Dec. 16th, this forest—containing three species of owls, a Black Cottonwood tree that could be between 240 and 400 years old, and many species of plants and animals—will be sold for development and logged immediately.
This 25-acre parcel of land is currently public land. So artists, ecologists, scientists, and environmentalists are urgently trying to put pressure on the Langley Township Councillors to reconsider their decision. The Han Shan Project is part of that effort.
For further information: http://mclellanpark.blogspot.ca/