Looking Up at Canyon Mountain, Southern Oregon
“The opposite of a truth is a falsehood. But the opposite of a profound truth is another profound truth.” (Niels Bohr)
When I was young I’d often climb Canyon Mountain above my home, look in all directions,
and witness the human hand written into the forested landscape.
Perhaps these experiences mingling culture and nature—
or perhaps having this contradiction watch over me as a child—
led me to embrace truth as paradox.
My work in environmental theory examines the assumptions that inform key environmental concepts. Examples include nature, place, science, spirituality, and sustainability.
I call them Big Words, as they are often invoked in a broad-brush way to understand and act in the world.
But many times they don’t provide the helpful guidance we need today—thus my search for Better Big Words.
The Words site archives informal posts I did between 2016-19.
EcoTypes helps you understand how you approach environmental issues, and compare your approach with others.
The site includes a free, anonymous survey, now completed over 10,000 times, and associated resources.
My day job is as Professor of the Environmental Studies (ENVS) Program at Lewis & Clark College.
There are two related online resources I’d like to share with the wider world.
In ENVS, we help students do innovative environmental scholarship, to make a “different difference.”
Some of the approaches we take are available on an ENVS resources site.
Also, from 2012 to 2020, I authored a variety of sites, primarily on two dedicated subdomains, ds.lclark.edu and envs.lclark.edu, to support Lewis & Clark digital scholarship.
We have archived over a dozen of these sites to preserve some of their content and suggest the possibilities for digital scholarship in the liberal arts.
Alder Creek Community Forest (ACCF) is an outdoor education nonprofit I founded on my 80 acre forest in southern Oregon.
It’s probably the most practical and challenging thing I do in my life, given the realities and possibilities of rural America.
ACCF primarily does K-12 geography education. We are building a statewide curriculum called Story of Your Place.
I’m also the proud daddy of Joy and Elise; a singer-songwriter;
founded an educational nonprofit, Alder Creek Community Forest,
on my land in southern Oregon;
and a few other things.