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question about pine seedlings

smforest at my-dejanews.com smforest at my-dejanews.com
Tue Aug 18 13:26:36 EST 1998

Dear Mike and Robinson,

Your article was quite interesting. Let me add my opinion. The forester told
that they are speeding up the nutural selection, but it's nonsense.  The
species that is the strongest and the best for them is just from their point
of view not from nature's.  We need to be more thoughtful on the meaning of
co-existence and relationship.	Thanks.


In article <35D8CAF2.40CD at bellsouth.net>,
  Robinson <robfarm at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> I happened to meet up with a forester from the Georgia Forestry
> Commission today, I took the opportunity to ask him some questions and
> got a lot of useful ideas. We were talking about replanting versus
> leaving seed trees for natural regeneration. When we cut our land we
> left seed trees, because I was under the impression that the seedlings
> being sold now are all either clones or have had some kind of genetic
> tinkering done on them. I've always had misgivings about that because I
> believe that while "super pines" may make money faster , it's the
> natural genetic diversity in all lifeforms that protect them from being
> completely wiped out by one disease or bug. However, he said that all
> they are basically doing is speeding up the natural selection process
> with the seedlings they grow and sell. He says they started out back in
> the '50s collecting seed from the best and strongest trees, growing them
> out and culling the weaker ones , letting the strong ones grow and
> collecting seed again, doing the same with the next generation. Now
> that, I don't have a problem with, but before I decide to go buy
> seedlings, I wanted to see if y'all can tell me if he had it right. I
> know I have read somewhere about genetics and cloning work being done
> with pines, but maybe it was just initial research. Whats your opinion
> on letting trees regenerate on their own versus going in a and
> replanting, for a landowner who wants to have a multi use forest for
> hunting and  wildlife habitat as well as make money from the timber
> sales?
> Mike
> --
> Mike and Lorri Robinson
> Monticello, GA
> http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/1915/

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