Bill to end logging on federal lands introduced to congress HR 2789

Larry Caldwell larryc at
Tue Nov 11 05:29:48 EST 1997

In article <3465E0F9.4925 at>,
Joseph Zorzin <redoak at> wrote:

> So were the forests ill when the Pilgrams showed up?

Sure, some of them were.  Trees don't live forever.  The natural state
of a tree is dead, and they all get there sooner or later.

However, modern forests face a lot of problems from imported pests that
Pilgrim forests didn't have to deal with.  Gypsy moth, Swiss needle cast,
Dutch Elm disease, the whoozit thing that killed off all the American
Chestnuts, and a host of other introduced pests and diseases.  Many
American forests haven't evolved resistance or predators, and won't for
a million years or so.  If you want a live forest, you're going to have
to do some intervention, particularly in marginal terrain where trees
are under a lot of stress.

If nothing else, kudzu will eventually kill out southern forests, and
ivy will kill out northwest forests.

-- Larry

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