Carson Fisk-Vittori

MLA I

Shifting Kind: Conversing with a Moving Forest

Advised by Emily Wettstein

This thesis reveals opportunities for rapid shifts in forest composition to enable community agency in shaping future forests. Our desires shape the forest and the forest shapes us. As the southern pine beetle migrates north, chewing through thousands of pines in the southern New Jersey Pinelands, foresters respond by cutting down acres surrounding infected trees. This proposal activates these openings as sites for novel practices and shifting plant assemblages. Where the beetle marks the forest, trees from southern regions are planted, accelerating their migration path and spawning hybrid forest communities. Engaging with existing Pinelands practices, this proposal enables community engagement through alternative tree care practices that give agency to vibrant plant behavior. Over time, these shifts in woody species and community practice will aggregate across the Pinelands, broadcasting the forest and its associated labor as a legible shifting system.

Carson Fisk-Vittori, MLA I. A multi-layered monochromatic illustration consisting of stylized versions of pine beetles, pine trees, and human hands and legs.
Carson Fisk-Vittori, MLA I. 
The moving forest – migration mapping.
Carson Fisk-Vittori, MLA I. 
Pinelands Beetle Cooperative – shifting practice map and operations.
Carson Fisk-Vittori, MLA I. 
Pinelands Beetle Cooperative – Noetic Copse View.
Carson Fisk-Vittori, MLA I. 
Pinelands Beetle Clearing along adapted corridors for Paulownia Hybrid.
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Pinelands Beetle Cooperative – Tree Selection: Paulownia Hybrid
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