Peripherals pay for forests

tom tcaves at saber.net
Tue Oct 19 16:11:48 EST 1999


And I'm sure, your home is not made from wood, luber, or plywood......

John Spikes wrote:
> 
> truffler is right that little or no or scornful regard is given to managing
> forests for anything other than macho stuff like pulp or logs or a chance to
> break a new&expensive bit of equipment . fungi,moss,foliage,cones,contorted
> branches,bark,ANYTHING  pays better than raw timber ; maintains rather than
> traumatises the forest structure , and uses the energy of a man and a sack
> on his feet . How do you tell these suburban lumberjacks that wood is not
> the only dish . I don't know whether it works right yet , but we have a
> website with a practical -aspect forum to start to drag some real solutions
> to the industrial version of lifeonearth , at www.goodstock.co.uk  . lets
> show that words of more than 2 syllables can come out of the Country ...
> <truffler1635 at my-deja.com> wrote in message
> news:7u7fsp$l8k$1 at nnrp1.deja.com...
> > In article <7u61no$kv5$1 at nnrp1.deja.com>,
> >   snowangel at my-deja.com wrote:
> > > Support the Wilderness Act Reform Coalition - www.wildernessreform.com
> > >
> > > Read the book about environmental errors - "Uncommon Groung: Rethinking
> > > the Human Place in Nature"  edited by William Cronon.  Collection of
> > > essays, including "The Trouble With Wilderness"
> > >
> > > Setting aside forest lands for wilderness to prevent development is one
> > > thing, but taking the 'hands off' approach in its management will
> > > destroy the forests for the next generations.
> > >
> > I don't think it is being removed from development, nor is 'hands off'
> > management to be practiced. But it is time for the Feds to start
> > managing on a sustainable basis, which would include IMO cultivation of
> > mycorrhizal fungi. (After all, how *sustainable* is anything when you
> > aren't actually *growing* it?)
> >
> > Ectomycorrhizal fungi are extremely important to tree growth and health.
> > Most tree farmers (and NF and BLM) don't know what they are, can't
> > recognize the most common forms, haven't heard about them, and deal with
> > them only from a deep denial standpoint. Since only 50-100 species have
> > been cultivated (that I am aware of), and 3000 species are known with
> > Douglas fir alone, I think there is a lot to be said for vastly reduced
> > harvesting in national forests and public lands.
> >
> > Add to this the strong suspicion that there is a succession of
> > mycorrhizae as individual trees mature, and the basis for set-asides
> > becomes imporant as sources for inoculant of future trees.
> >
> > It has been said that only God can grow a tree. I'd question that, up to
> > 60 years of age. I believe that age of tree have been well-documented
> > over much of the world. But I'm concerned that growing 200-1200 years
> > old trees is well out of mankind's reach at this time.
> >
> > Daniel B. Wheeler
> > www.oregonwhitetruffles.com
> >
> >
> > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/
> > Before you buy.



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