Ice Storm & NY Maples
susan112 at aol.com
Mon Jan 26 21:10:28 EST 1998
>I'm not sure there is any such thing as native prairie. Buffalo killed off
>all the trees on the Great Plains. Wildlife Safari has several plains
>buffalo here in western Oregon, and you wouldn't believe how much damage
>they do to trees. They go out of their way to kill trees. And of course,
>the oak savannah of the west coast was created by diligent arson on the
>part of the native Indians over thousands of years.
>If the wheat farmers ever go broke, it won't be a hundred years before folks
>are talking about the "great Kansas forest."
No such thing as native prairie?!! Native prairie is a system strongly
dependent on disturbance (fire, drought, windstorms, grazing etc.), but I don't
think that disqualifies it from being termed "native".
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