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Traveling our country in search of one square inch where it was quiet most of the time, he found what he was listening for in the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State’s Olympic National Park, where 95 percent of the land is a protected wilderness. There, on Earth Day, 2005, he dedicated the red square stone that marks his One Square Inch of Silence, according to Kathleen Dean Moore, who accompanied him to the place and wrote “Silence like Scouring Sand,” in the November/December 2008 issue of Orion magazine. “It’s an open glade, like the nave of a cathedral, carpeted in deep green moss and deer ferns,” she writes. Her description reminded me of the cross-country family camping trip we took back in 1981 and our visit to the Hoh Rain Forest on July 8. The Visitor Center was crowded, but by choosing the longer of two trails — the mere one-and-a-quarter-mile Spruce Trail — we were alone. As I wrote in my journal, “The rainforest was beautiful with enormous Sitka spruce trees, big leaf maples and other tree species heavily draped with 70 species of epiphytes. Thick layers of moss clung to the tree trunks, which contributed to the awe we felt in that hushed forest.” Afterwards, we hiked a mile along the Hoh River in a fruitless search for harlequin ducks. Reporter Douglas Gantenbein also accompanied Hempton in to his One Square Inch of Silence. They hiked three miles from the Hoh Visitor Center and reached their destination 100 yards off the Hoh River Trail. “We must have been close to what has become almost a sacred place for the many people who also have hiked into the area and left their comments in a small metal canister called the Jar of Quiet Thoughts,” Gantenbein said. Hempton thinks his one square inch can have an impact over 1,000 square miles, because not only does noise travel but so, too, does silence, and by defending his square inch he is also quieting a much larger area from thundering jets and other intruding noise. That is the theory, at least. NOVEMBER 2009 Every month he sits next to the red stone and listens, and if he hears any mechanized noise, he records the date, documents the volume, and launches a complaint. Already, one airline has changed its route, but another has not. So even there, the roar of jet engines powering over the 7,000-foot high peaks in the Brothers Wilderness of the park is inescapable “It’s physically impossible for a jet to fly high enough that its engines can’t be heard on earth,” Hempton tells Moore. I know we hear them constantly as they crisscross our sky. We, apparently, are on a major east/west flight path, because our son Steve, flying east at 30,000 feet, reported seeing our property below. But small, low-flying, propeller planes, while much less frequent than jets, are even noisier. We also hear traffic from Interstate 99 below our mountain, especially on clear, beautiful days and nights. Traffic is the largest noisemaker throughout the U.S. in cities as well as in the country. And here in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, major highways and roads of all sizes are so numerous that we can never get far from one. Luckily, because we have no close neighbors, we don’t have to contend with the constant din of gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, farm machinery and other noisemakers that admittedly have made our lives physically easier, but often create havoc in our bodies. According to numerous studies, excessive noise damages the ears of 10 million people in our country, raises our stress levels, and can contribute to high blood pressure and even depression. While some humans try to cope by using ear plugs and protectors, soundproofing their homes, and switching to electricpowered lawn mowers or even manual ones, for many people noise equals excitement. And they don’t mind sharing their music, loud machines, and even their shouting with the rest of us. I never realized how noisy our world was until I spent several days in 1985 in the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Ghost of the Orchard
Deer Wrestlers
Hunting with Hounds
A Just Reward
Mixed Bag
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Ranger and the Grouse
The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Squirrels The Hard Way
National Police Shooting Championship
On the Road Again
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ghost of the Orchard
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Deer Wrestlers
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Hunting with Hounds
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - A Just Reward
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Mixed Bag
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cheaper by the Dozen
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ranger and the Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Thanksgiving Day Bear
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Squirrels The Hard Way
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - National Police Shooting Championship
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - On the Road Again
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Crossings
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