Andrew Glass recently wrote that from 1845 to 1847, Thoreau lived in a cabin on the edge of Walden Pond, a glacial lake near Concord. Guided by the maxim “Simplify, simplify,” he limited his outlays, his possessions and his contacts. His goal was “to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach.”
Out of this experience came the book for which he is best known for, Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Thoreau’s later years increasingly were spent outdoors, observing and writing about nature. His seminal essay, “Succession of Forest Trees,” describes the ecology of the woodlands, highlighting the role of birds and animals in dispersing seeds.
Thoreau’s essay, republished posthumously in “Excursions,” makes the forward-looking case that federal forest management systems should mirror existing woodland ecology.
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