why so few hardwoods in the PNW?

Joseph Zorzin redoak at forestmeister.com
Thu Aug 6 17:50:21 EST 1998


Don Baccus wrote:
> 
> In article <MPG.1031de6aadb28be0989705 at news.teleport.com>,
> Larry Caldwell <larryc at teleport.com> wrote:
> 
> >You been listening to the press releases again, Zorzin.  The PNW is wet
> >in the winter.  In the summer we often go 90 days with no rain at all,
> >and the whole region turns into a tinderbox.  We have a fire climax
> >ecology, where everything in sight burns to the ground every 50 years or
> >so.
> 
> This statement that westside coniferous forests "burn to the ground every
> 50 years or so" is simply wrong.  Care to provide some sort of cite for
> that figure, Larry?  Fire is in no way that frequent a visitor to these
> forests.

I think Caldwell (love using just last names) is trying to pull your leg
on this 50 year thing. He obviously knows better and he knows that the
foresters here know better too. But maybe he can get some non-foresters
to bite on his bait. <g>



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