Update tree-sitter Ginkgo in Ashland, Oregon

Beverly Erlebacher bae at cs.toronto.edu
Wed Dec 6 11:36:54 EST 2000


In article <3A2D542F.3E871E03 at worldnet.att.net>,
Ashcrow Larkspurr  <Ashcrow at worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>100 year old ginkos are protected?  What part of China would that be...
>considering few if any trees survived the Cultural Revolution.

No trees in China?  Where do people get such extreme notions?  China
is a very big country.  Although parts are very densely populated and
farmed at an intensity seldom seen outside of Asia, there are a lot of
areas that too steep and remote even to terrace, and there are actual
nature reserves.  Even in heavily settled areas, there are trees along
the roadsides, often pollarded for firewood production, and trees around
houses in towns and villages, and trees in urban parks.

China exports a lot of walnuts, much of it the produce of a program to
reforest the headwater drainage of rivers 50 years ago.  There's also 
a lot of tree fruit produced, mainly for domestic consumption, but you
need only visit a Chinese grocery store to find a wide variety of dried
and otherwise preserved fruits and nuts.  Here in Toronto, where there 
are many people from eastern Asia, you need only walk down the street
in an Asian market area to see cardboard and wooden crates of fresh fruit
and other foods and products that originate in China.  You can also buy 
furniture and other articles made in China from actual wood from actual 
trees.

If you look at a population density map of the world, you'll see that
most of the people in China live on a small fraction of the land, mainly
on the eastern coastal areas.  Much of the west and north of the country
is grassland with wooded ravines, and much of the south and southwest
are mountainous, inaccessible and heavily forested.






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