In the 1750’s, King George I of England claimed exclusive rights to the enormous Pinus Strobus in the New England colonies, marking them for harvest to build ships for the Royal Navy. “The Pine Tree Riots” of 1772, a rebellion by New Hampshire settlers who also wanted access to the timber, was a precursor to the American Revolution. Pinus Strobus, with a recorded life span of 400+ years, is currently grown as a monoculture crop in timber production forests, and is harvested around 30 years of growth.
Dryads, the spiritual embodiment of trees, groves, woodlands and mountain forests in Ancient Greek mythology, were believed to die along with the trees they inhabited. This trio of dryads, engulfed in the molecular symbols of greenhouse gasses, stand watch over a compromised landscape they can neither bless nor protect.