INDUSTRY SEEKS JUDGE'S APPROVAL TO LOG TRACTS
thewad at my-deja.com
Sun Sep 19 21:15:38 EST 1999
In article <01bef25a$039557d0$03f47880 at bob>,
"Bob Taylor" <rtaylor at ns.net> wrote:
> > Once again, for those who are not already aware, the Northern
> > owl is an indicator species for forest health _mostly_ because it
> > spreads a wide variety of mycorrhizal fungi faster and more
> > than any other animal. Other known vectors for mycorrhizal dispersal
> > include at least 60 animals including deer, bear, cougar, deer mice,
> > California Red-backed vole, Red tree vole, elk, and humans. Of these
> > vectors, the one capable of the greater dispersal is the owl.
> > A single owl pellet may contain millions or billions of mycorrhizal
> > spores representing over 100 species. Mycorrhizal fungi are now
> > considered essential to tree development past seedling stage.
> I suggest that you may be a little preoccupied with mycorrhizal
> don't question their ecological importance, and I don't question their
> neglect by the F.S. and the ecological research community. But to
> that the spotted owl was chosen as an indicator species because it
> disperses fungal spores strains credulity. It was chosen because it
> thought to be an old-growth specialist. The endangered species act
> used to protect animals. It cannot be used to protect seral stages.
> Your post illustrates how dificult it is to work with biologists.
> tend to be so focused on their taxa of choice that they lose
> the overall forest community, not to mention the full range of
> Bob Taylor
Did you ever wonder what a spotted owl would look like with a fresh
cut 2x4 shoved up it's ass!!!
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