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INFECTIOUS BORDERS: Recovering the forest through the Red Cockaded Woodpecker and the Red Heart Fungus

This project aims to explore the complex relationship between the ecosystem, humans, and non-humans, and to develop strategies to protect and restore the biodiversity of forests threatened by the extractive methods of the biomass industry. The project is set in North Carolina, which is considered one of the most ecologically biodiverse regions of the US due to its rich ecosystem in wetlands and bottomlands. However, the forests and multiple species face mass extinction due to the industrial logging practices of companies like Enviva.

The project proposes using the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, a keystone species, and the Red Heart Fungus, as agents of invisible intervention to recover forests across federal and private borders. The project also explores the legal framework that can be used to protect the habitats of endangered species and to enact laws that prevent the destruction of forests. Through a series of drawings and diagrams, the project presents a landscape strategy to spread the Red Heart Fungus and the Red Cockaded Woodpecker across the affected regions and to create a network of human-nonhuman collaboration for the invisible activism required to recover forests. The project aims to inspire a rethinking of our relationship with nature and to develop sustainable practices for the preservation of the environment.