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The Rules of Royal Forests

The Medieval beginnings of conservation

A small castle sits surrounded by woods. Misty hills int he background.
Photo by Tony Findeisen on Unsplash

It was England under Norman rule in the Middle Ages when humans first realized we were at a point where the earth’s natural resources were not limitless. Before 1066 A.D. there was no land management and wilderness areas were open for unlimited take by peasants and royals alike. This changed after the Norman Conquest as these new kings sought to…

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Paul Coogan

Paul Coogan

Project Manager, Artist, and Data Visualization/Activist Geek