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I am small, and the things I love are often small too. Those who already know me know of my recent infatuation with tubificid worms. The spot after which this website is named is a tiny constructed wetlands, created in 1994 with funding from the Montana Department of Transportation wetlands mitigation program, near the East Gallatin River in
How often, as progressives, do we find ourselves defending things that are small? What do we fight for? “Small farms.” Small cars. “Local businesses,” which means small businesses—and if we discover a business we like is a chain, don’t we take comfort in its being “just a small chain”? Microcredit, the new fad. Small presses, small donors. “The little guy.”
So, we who embrace our littleness, maybe we have to relearn how to think in smaller ways. Everything in our culture teaches us to think big. To “see the bigger picture,” generalize, abstract, and never miss the forest for the trees. Why does no one ever point out that “the forest” is just a collective abstraction, and that focusing on it exclusively will cause one to miss the trees? And how many individual trees can be cut before the idea of the forest suddenly collapses?
Here are some small things that need protecting today:
- The Warm Springs Zaitzevian riffle beetle, a candidate for federal T & E listing that lives only in a warm springs on the grounds of the
Fish Technology Centerin . Bozeman, Montana
- The Moapa dace, endemic to the Warm Springs system in the Mohave Desert near
. Las Vegas
- A small parcel next to downtown
’s beautiful Gallagator trail (disclosure: I walk it to work twice a week) which was until recently eligible for development. Neighbors and citizens banded together to purchase this parcel, and it became a small park in April of this year—a tremendous relief for those of us who do our best thinking and a good bit of birdwatching along this path. Now let’s do that kind of thing some more. Bozeman
- My mom works hard to preserve her beloved adopted church in
. North Amherst, Massachusetts
- farmerchuck’s farm could use more love, or just a decent mortgage...
- Your local bookstore. Put down that Amazon.com password and get over there—they’ll special-order whatever you want. Here’s mine: The Country Bookshelf. Turns out they don’t even have a web page.