Did you know that ACRES’ consultants John Thonet of Thonet Associates,Inc. and Blaine Rothauser of BR Environmental, Inc. gave a presentation at the ANJEC 41st Environmental Congress on October 24, 2014. Their presentation was designed to sharpen the skills of those that comment on subdivision and site plans. The presentation could also be used to assist the public, as it highlights “lessons learned”. Most interesting, from an environmental impact perspective, is that the Bernards High School, Bernardsville, NJ, lower athletic field was used as a case study. It’s fascinating reading…
According to legend, many Portuguese people would attach the following poem to trees in their forests:
Ye who passes by and would raise your hand against me, harken ‘ere you harm me.
I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing, quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.
Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer, harm me not.