Seen The Elephant, Heard The Owl: An Eco-Fable For Adults

Seen The Elephant, Heard The Owl: An Eco-Fable For Adults

  • Publish Date: 2016-12-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: D. J. Bershaw
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Fifty years ago, Yamhill County, Oregon, was a bucolic backwater filled with loggers, subsistence farms, enormous flocks of turkeys, and walnut groves as far as the eye could see. Now it features rolling hills mantled with grapes, more hazelnut orchards than anywhere on earth, and a wine tasting room for every hundred citizens. The Chamber of Commerce in McMinnville, the County seat, has more political power than many small countries in Eastern Europe, and the area paper reviews only literary novels written by people with at least three names. There has even been talk of Californians moving into the Valley of the Yamhill. While some long-time citizens lament the departure of the old ways, most embrace the changes with open arms and ready wallets. There is, after all, money to be made. So Yamhill County is a veritable Garden of Eden, Shambhala, or The Land of Lost content, depending upon one's worldview? Maybe not, or at least not completely. A powerful timber company owning thousands of acres of forest lands has discovered a way to harvest Old Growth trees in an alternate Yamhill County, one with no laws, restrictions, or even people. If they can keep their workers from being eaten by Saber-toothed cats, Short-faced bear, and Dire wolves, or being stomped to death by Mastodons, all will be well. So far, it has been easy money, but then a computer hacker leaks information to radical environmental groups, and the fan gets very dirty very quickly... Company Axiom: 'You might not be able to bring down a charging Mastodon with automatic weapons, but they work just fine on tree-huggers.' True enough.

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