On location with artist and nature recordist Mark Brennan in the old growth forests of Abraham's Lake nature reserve in Nova Scotia, Canada to record the morning chorus.
The title of this track comes from the struggle at Clayoquot in British Columbia, which the Friends of Clayoquot Sound used in the mid 1980‘s in their fight to save the old growth forests of West Vancouver Island, “If you want the trees to stand, you have to stand with the trees.” became a gathering cry.
And so it is with this area known in Nova Scotia as Abraham's Lake. This soundscape recording is also a memorial to the Liscomb Game Sanctuary, where for years now it’s forests have been clearcut by multi national paper companies. Abrahams Lake is really an island amongst the ravages of industrial forestry.
When you listen to this, you should be able to get a real sense of the size of the trees with the way the sound reverberates in the forest. The only 2 places I have experienced this in Nova Scotia is Abrahams Lake and a virgin forest of Hemlock in Kejimkujik National Park. This recording is the ‘voice’ of the forest, in reality the forests have no voice in the industrialized human world, mostly they are seen as a resource for consumption, but as you will hear, the forests of the world are an intricate part of the web of life.
Track Length 33 mins 30 seconds