While the efforts to appreciate the Earth and to protect our planet have gained a good deal of progress over the past 12 months, it sometimes seems as though it is a “one step forward, two steps back,” type of effort. In particular, the soundscape over the Olympic National Forest, and thus the One Square Inch of Silence, is facing an urgent threat.
While standing and stretching in a rural gas station parking lot off the highway somewhere in between New York and Chicago, I noticed a river running through the back part of the property. As I walked towards the river, I could start to hear the sound of rushing water, and then I started to hear bird song. Scanning the tree-tops, I saw the source of one of the most intricate and beautiful sounds of spring, the cardinal, which most people identify as “that red one”.
Organized in 2010 by the World Listening Project (www.worldlisteningproject.org), it is designated as a day to listen to our world, to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, to environmental awareness and to acoustic ecology.
A little about us
One Square Inch of Silence is the quietest place in the United States. Located in the Hoh Rain Forest at Olympic National Park, it is 3.2 miles...