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Hip Hop Forestry: Stories Happen in Forests

Hip Hop Forestry: Stories Happen in Forests

By Micah Moen 3 Comments November 20, 2019


Standing out here in Congaree. If I focus on what I’m thinking,
I’ll start blundering, but when I look around at the
trees, I start wondering. Not afraid of lightning and thundering. Notice me, loving forestry. It never bores me. It
holds me, consoles me, and the other thing that it does, it molds me. What is Hip Hop Forestry? It’s when two communities
come together in one. Everyone is an intersectional being. I’m not just one thing,
I’m multiple things. My grandparents taught
me through gardening how to love the Earth. Hip Hop taught me through
music how to love people and share their truth. Forestry taught me how
to respect the Earth. Hip Hop Forestry to me, is we’re bringing people who
unnaturally are kept away from something that naturally they
should be engaging with and we’re bringing it together. Hip Hop is my religion because
Hip Hop is for everybody. When I got into trouble in high school, that’s when I started writing poetry. My grandma, she was my light. When she died, I started writing poetry. I would just write my thoughts on paper. I didn’t want to talk to anybody because that was the hardest death for me. Hip Hop for me, it was a life-saver. It was a teacher. Just like
the forest is a teacher to me. Hip Hop does to me what the forest does just over music and over beats. It teaches me, it reaches me, I feel safe. Hip Hop and forestry together,
that’ll save the world. The majority of my career,
I’ve been involved in forestry or natural
resources and diversity. Here I am now promoting
diversity and equity and inclusion. It transcends everything. To me, diversity is beautiful
because all it means is difference, and we need to
learn to value the difference. Forestry has the
opportunity to do it right and show the world how to do it right. Because we don’t own
this. But this owns us. The Southern forests
are just so beautiful, but they’ve seen so much ugliness. They actually do have a story
to tell if we’ll just listen. We might even hear the spirits of people buried out here,
who couldn’t have a stone, who didn’t have a home. People who were lynched
out here. Even though that’s ugly history, it’s
beautiful to me because I am the dream of my ancestors. This is an opportunity for
us to reconnect, reclaim, but also become rejuvenated and reinvigorated for love of the people.

3 Comments found

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James Shelton

A hooded warbler sings with him.

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Science With Tom

This is awesome

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skulpl82007

when people find this forester, do they tell him, "you're the man now, dog!"?

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