This is a direct copypasta of a thread made by my buddy Rich Houck via his Twitter page (@heywildrich):

The thread was well written and illustrated with beautiful imagery, so I asked Rich if I could copy it over directly for this site. I think this is an important piece of environmental history and I’d certainly never heard of it. Hope fully you find it interesting as well.

R.H., quote start:

I came across something in an environmental law book I thought many of you would enjoy, it’s a bit of English & European history, along with early environmentalism. It’s the Charter of the Forest, from 1217 England – A thread.

The Forest law established by William the Conquerer and his heirs was very draconian and greatly limited access to the forest by peasants. Many of whom made their living gathering food or grazing animals in the king’s forest…

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