INDUSTRY SEEKS JUDGE'S APPROVAL TO LOG TRACTS
rtaylor at ns.net
Mon Aug 30 09:22:17 EST 1999
> An interesting point of view Bob. But wrong terminology. Fungi are not a
> taxa, but a kingdom now. Thus they join the plant and animal kingdoms in
> science. Forest ecology _is_ a joining, a blending of all three
> To ignore even one kingdom is to not see the forest for the trees.
Actually, "taxon" is a generic term that refers to a unit of systematics,
species, family, etc., including kingdom
> BTW, did you know that endophytic fungi are the reason fir (and probably
> pine, spruce, and other conifer) needles stiffen?
> Have you ever seen a Douglas fir whose needles _never_ stiffen? They are
> called "eagle trees", and one is located next to Eddyville High School.
> They are rare, apparently rejecting endophytic fungal colonization. They
> are also prime candidates for insect infestation, which may be one
> reason they are so rare in nature.
I didn't. Interesting.
don't wish to debate with you the assertion that fungi are important in
forests. I have already conceded that. The point I was making is that the
management issue has little or nothing to do with any particular group of
organisms. It has to do with the old-growth seral stage. The health, or
lack thereof, of the old growth trees is largely irrelevant. A decadent
forest with many dead trees is still desirable in the eyes of old-growth
advocates. They can all have droopy needles as long as they are old droopy
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