Sunday, September 26, 2004

My Way News

My Way News

I can't believe how badly the author of this article and the greens he contacted have missed the obvious facts in the report on the Spotted Owl that they are talking about.

The report said the owl, an icon of the Northwest timber wars, no longer faces the threat it once did from logging. It faces new ones, however, principally the wildfires that rage through overgrown forests and the barred owl, a relative of the spotted owl, which rapidly is taking over spotted owl habitat in the West.

Clearly, this states that wildfires from overgrown forrests and a natural competitive species of owl are killing it. Okay, well one of these things has nothing to do with humans. If a similiar species of animal is pushing out it's natural cometitor from it's natural range (i.e not an invading species from another part of hte world brought there by humans) then it's okay if that animal exterminates the other one. They are similiar species of owl, after all. The loss of one does not necessarily mean a real loss of biodiversity.

The other part that I found increadibly interesting is part about the overgrown forrests. That is humans fault. We stop the natural wildfires that naturally thin the forrest. In doing so, we force the forrest to be thicker. Wildfires naturally limit the number of trees in an area, selecting the small, young, and sick trees for killing. This, growing up in rural parts of New York state, I have seen with my own eyes. We stop the fires to protect the forrest and our investments in and around the forrest; houses and the like. That prevents the natural selection of older and stronger trees. Bad idea. The solution is to let loggers go in, take some of the big trees (against the natural way too, but they need incentive), and in that process, they will clear some of the underbrush and small trees. Selective culling of trees instead of clearcuts. Although, fire does create small clearcuts that form glades which are the natural habitat of many smaller forrest creatures. These fire glades (clearcut regions from fires) that I have seen in places like Harriman State park, are roughly a few football fields in area. The immence growth and production of these regions after the fires proved the value of the idea.


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