Sunday Post: Nature

Is nature natural or just outside?  Are objects of nature found inside a building still considered nature?  Jake always makes me think!

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The nature we have here in the California Central Valley is anything but natural in most places.

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The 600-mile long California Central Valley has been plowed and remodeled to grow every crop imaginable.

SFW TC Spring 2013078rOne of many valley crops, peach trees, deposed native oaks found in the Kaweah River Delta over one hundred fifty years ago.  For more agricultural facts click here.

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Between the Kaweah River Delta and Sierra Nevada mountains, alfalfa replaced nature’s native grasses.

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Cows in the foothills still eat grass until it dries, but the variety differs from what grew here in the 1850s when Thomas Henry Davis brought some of the first cows from Mexico to Antelope Valley, near current-day Woodlake, CA.

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Evergreen orange trees first populated the Woodlake area in 1878, watered in part by the Watchumna Ditch, built in 1872.  Canals and ditches still carry life-giving water to arid fields.

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Last year the trees received enough water to stay healthy. This year farmers uprooted thousands of dead orange trees.

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Since this area thrives because of irrigation, when water reserves and underground water tables drop, farmers rely on water transported from Northern California.  The Kaweah River constrained by the Terminus Dam receded this year to expose a bridge built in 1938, foundations of homes, and wells.

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Man-made changes have obviously mixed with nature to create California’s Central Valley “nature.”  President Obama arrives tomorrow in Fresno to assess the drought’s damage to the Central Valley’s agricultural nature.

For more facts about Tulare County click here.

For more interpretations on Nature, click here.

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11 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Nature”

  1. We were in San Francisco last week and people were rejoicing when it rained for 2 days– didn’t make a dent in the drought conditions– I do hope the climate change naysayers are paying attention now.

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    1. We could use some of your rain and snow, for sure. The divides are deep. Unfortunately the needs are deep also. Trees are dying in our area. With the water transported to the Fresno area we lose valuable salmon, and create a major environmental impact in the north. We need to learn wisdom and conservation, and how to talk with each other to come up with solutions.

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  2. Thanks for the facts about Tulare County Marsha. It seems there are more married men than women…….maybe there are less men, or men marry each other !! ;) hehe xox

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    1. You really checked this out! Actually the reason might be because we have so many migrant workers. The men come and work, and the woman stay wherever they live – maybe in Mexico, maybe in a high rise San Francisco apartment eating bon bons all day. :)

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  3. Interestingly, the new Geography curriculum for Year 3 here is all about this very topic…built and natural environments and how built areas come about. You’ve made some good points here Marsha about what we consider to be natural.

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