David Beorn dbeorn at
Sat Sep 7 15:21:57 EST 1996

On Wed, 28 Aug 1996, Don Staples wrote:

> Uh, don't want to jump into the conversation, but.......

Sure you did <GRIN>!!!

> Young growth forests are usually as close to mono-culture as possible, for 
> Crop Species.  In the south the monoculture exists in later dates of 
> development. Actually, the bio-diversity of species, plant wise, can be great, 
> and the small furry snacks respond to clear cuts like kids to candy.  
> Predators are somewhat slower, but reappear rapidly.  You must consider that 
> man does nothing that nature has not already done, and survived.  Clear cuts 
> repeat natural disasters such as fire and hurricanes.  Under management the 
> south, at least, has more game animals, and probably more timber, than 100 
> years ago.  Species are returning to levels that have not existed in that 100 
> years.  Beaver and alligator responded to stopping the hunting, not the 
> bio-non-diversity.  Eagles from pesticides, big cats from over hunting, bears 
> from over hunting. etc.
> spotted owl a good example.  There numbers swell in clear cut areas, more 
> mice.  The northern spotted owl apparently was never endangered, but a 
> terroristic environmentalist knee jerk reaction to shut down the forests.
> The red cockaded wood pecker is managed by creating holes (with boxes!) in 
> existing trees.
> Amazing, isn't it?
> A foresters 2 cents worth.

Glad to have another common sense voice on here - it's ridiculous what 
"some" so-called "environmentalists" will do to get their way.  If they 
want "pristine" forest, untouched by human hand, why don't they buy it 
and keep it that way???  Some in Virginia are doing that, which is fine 
by me - if they own the land, they can do what they want to with it!!


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