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Stephanie Salome Jon Nyquist May 11, 2016 Humans and Trees The ghost forest takes on a story of its own that has a lot of information. This is stated in Andrew S. Mathews’ piece Ghostly Forms and Forest Histories . Many argue that nature should be left alone, but Mathews implicitly states otherwise. This is true in the pictures that he goes into detail about in his piece. One of those is the ancient stool ceppo. As a first year anthropology student the picture is not all that fascinating, but to Mathews it was. It told him a story of careful cultivation. The picture tells him how careful people were when “grafting, pruning and cultivat[ing]” it. It also gave him an approximation on when it might have been cut down; this tree was cut down about two hundred years ago according to Mathews. He gives background information on the reasoning about why it was cut down by the peasants who cared for it. That reason was because in the 1950’s Cryphonectria parasitica, what is known as “fungal chestnut cancer.” was beginning to spread through the chestnut trees. The peasants did not kill the tree in
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