Healing Our Relationship With Wild Land

I have a plan to return the Forest to its natural state, by reducing excess fuels built up by our efforts to fully attenuate forest fires. Extra fuels produce larger fires. My solution is to design and manufacture machines to work autonomously, continually over the course of several years to reset the forest fuels to historic, natural levels — the levels expected in a forest where fires were never suppressed. The Widland Urban Interface, and the forest near the WUI, is the place to begin.

Writer for Light Craft Ltd.

Light Craft Robotics

I have a plan to return the Forest to a natural state, by reducing excess fuels built up by years of full attenuation of fires. Recently televized fires in California gives us a sense for the human suffering there. I was motivated by those news reels. I thought about healing. What if we can reduce the overburden in the forests, returning it to historic levels. This would serve to heal our relationship with wild lands. We now have a much better understanding of forests and wild lands. So it is time, armed with our better understanding, to do something to reverse the damage we have done — to heal our relationship with wild lands. How do you remove excess fuels without harming the Forest? A human, carefully operating tools can do this. However, the acerage involved calls for millions of humans working for years. The problem seems unworkable. So this is where robotics is the logical solution. I am confident, that robots can be designed and programmed to recognize and remove excess fuels. Robots and drones, working continually can selectively and carefully remove extra fuels — So that once fuel levels are restored, the fires are more regenerating and not as damaging to the Forest. Large numbers of robots, working continually — this is a powerful tool! Unworkable problems become workable. In example, the removal of plastic from the ocean with swimming robots! Applying robots now to tackle difficult tasks is just a logical progression of present technology. So it’s time to apply this technology to the task of becoming better earth keepers — and working to serve and preserve the Earth. Of course the fun factor is here. Its robotics! I want to ask colleges everywhere, including the college here in Boise, to take part in the development of robotic earth-keeping machines to restore forests and protect the WUI.

Writer for Light Craft Ltd.

Words are So Powerful

Words are so powerful, it’s often just better not to say them. A kind word works like magic. However, a harsh word is punishment to a gentle soul. If we strive for peace, in everything we do and every word we speak, our words become powerful, healing. So let your words be kind and gentle, light-hearted and uplifting in nature. This is magic speech. Kind words are loving words, and loving words are magic words. So speak the magic words that reach the soul. Speak magic, words of loving-kindness.

RL Showalter, writer for lightcraft Ltd.