Image: Keith Maxwell
The ground floor of the forest is the site for important interactions and complex relationships. On this site, humans have mined for coal and shale, and have left remnants of intervention, along with the tracks and traces of exploration. The forest sits quietly now as tourism takes over and we walk gently above the forest floor so as not to disturb the busyness of the ecosystem. Regrowth is an optimistic view of the collision of man and nature. When left alone, the bottom layer of the forest recovers, generating a new community of interacting organisms.