I have come to have a strong spiritual connection to weeds, weedy species, and so called “invasive species”. I have come to view vacant lots and waste areas as “more wild” that designated wilderness areas in many cases. One of my favorite designated wilderness areas is Sylvania Wild Forest, in the UP. But one day while camping there it occurred to me that I was in the midst of a highly regulated, and thus, highly civilized place. I had to camp in designated areas only, I was discouraged from building a fire but allowed to do so only in designated fire rings. Hunting was highly regulated, foraging and gathering was forbidden. Fishing was catch and release only with barb-less hooks. I realized I may as well be in a museum. I could look but not touch. […]
Weedy species represent a new ecological trend. A return of the truly wild. Wild creatures don’t do as they are told, and live where they are told to live. I refer to an etymology of the word that predates animal planet: The wild as dangerous, frightening, mysterious, uncontrollable.