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Started by Onslow, February 23, 2019, 14:00:50 PM
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Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on February 24, 2019, 09:36:51 AMI donâ€™t believe all farmers/landowners are denuding the native vegetation. Some are allowing wild veg to grow between open expanses, providing native bees/other insects what they need to do their thing. We have a local couple that purchased property upstream on Little Back Creek. They are wonderful stewards of their little chunk of Shangri-La, allowing native flora and fauna to flourish. I donâ€™t believe this sort of guardianship is that much of an anomaly in certain areas.Different tastes of honey, produced by the Europeans, are certainly a joy, but Iâ€™ve always had mixed feelings about the â€œWhite ManÂ´s Flyâ€. After all, native insects and wild bees handled the task of pollination very well before we entered the picture.
QuoteHoneybees and their issues are an agricultural consideration, not a matter of natural resources.
QuoteIMO, and this is truly just an opinion, quail numbers were artificially inflated historically, as a result of large scale logging, soil loss that led to bare ground, farmer attitudes toward birds of prey and wildlife which resulted in killing off high numbers of predators. The "good old days" of quail hunting were a confluence of poor land management practices that actually led to increased quail numbers. As the land, wildlife have been treated better, quail have suffered. Doesn't matter what your hedgerows look like if the pasture is in fescue and every span of phone line has a red-tail sitting on it .
Quote from: Onslow on February 24, 2019, 21:35:45 PMNo creature exists in isolation, and not all honeybee an components of ag. Honeybees can be the canary in the coal mine. While diseases pertaining to honey bees only concern honey bees; pesticide issues, erratic weather, nectar and plant elimination, affect all native pollinators.
QuoteI cannot speak for quail issues in other areas, but the land I spent most of my youth was no used for bird hunting, nor were any red tail hawks shot for any reason. The quail disappearance was abrupt, and coincided with land use changes described earlier. Causation or correlation? who in the hell knows. I just know that prunus americana and sumac are good for most everything that lives in the wild, but are being eradicated in many areas. The adverse consequences of said eradications are real, but maybe not readily apparent to those who are not paying attention.
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on February 25, 2019, 00:38:27 AMMy dad brought an American Chestnut sapling from Maine back to NC. I planted it in our yard and it grew for about 7 years. On that year it bloomed and bore a total of about 1/2 dozens chestnuts, which I roasted and ate. Then insects bored all around the trunk and it died the following year. It was over twenty feet tall.
Quote from: Dougfish on February 26, 2019, 12:44:17 PMPlanning a trip to catch some Goldens before they, and I, are gone. Carry on.
Quote from: Big J on February 26, 2019, 16:42:12 PMQuote from: Dougfish on February 26, 2019, 12:44:17 PMPlanning a trip to catch some Goldens before they, and I, are gone. Carry on. I feel sorry for the loser that has to drag you around the sierras.
QuoteThere are a couple of ways to study forests. Scientists can work on the ground, in nature, detailing the size and shape of trees. As of late, they can also outsource their research to space, using a laser imaging system that is 250 miles above the Earth and traveling more than 17,000 miles per hour to calculate the size and shape of individual trees. The latter method provides highly refined measurements andâ€Šâ€"â€Šbest of all for the scientistsâ€Šâ€"â€Šthere are no mosquitoes.The field work can be grueling. â€œThe first summer was a heat wave in northern Ontario, and the mosquitoes were atrocious,â€ said Laura Duncanson, assistant professor of geographical sciences at the University of Maryland, laughing as she recalled her early days in the field as an undergraduate. â€œWe were measuring the stem diameters of tons of spiky little spruce trees, and I was covered in insect bites, sweat, and scratches.â€Today, she and Ralph Dubayah, a professor of geographical sciences at the university, along with scientists at NASA, are using sophisticated new technology mounted on the International Space Station that will help researchers make the first three-dimensional map of the worldâ€™s temperate and tropical forests. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI (pronounced â€œJediâ€), will provide 3D images of forests.
QuoteThe disagreement over genetically-modified organisms has shown up in an unexpected place: Efforts to resurrect the American chestnut tree, which was wiped out by blight last century.The American Chestnut Foundation has spent years cross-breeding a few surviving American chestnut trees with blight-resistant Chinese chestnut trees, a smaller less elegant relative. The idea is to create a tree that looks like the American chestnut but has most or all of the Chinese vigor. Iâ€™ve written about their efforts in New Hampshire many times, such as when six of the trees were planted in Concord.Last year researchers at the New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which is attached to Syracuse University, said they were developing a genetically modified chestnut that could shrug of the blight. Theyâ€™re looking for permission to test them in the wild. Hereâ€™s a Science magazine article about it.
QuoteSPENCER â€" The president and a board member of the local chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation announced they are resigning to protest the organizationâ€™s support for genetically modified American chestnut trees.Board President Lois Breault-Melican and her husband, Denis M. Melican of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter of the foundation, made the announcement Thursday after working for 16 years to help bring back the American chestnut species through backcross breeding.They said they simply do not believe in genetic engineering and they are skeptical about what impact the process could have on the environment and peopleâ€™s health.â€œWe are unwilling to lift a finger, donate a nickel or spend one minute of our time assisting the development of genetically engineered trees or using the American chestnut to promote biotechnology in forests as any kind of benefit to the environment. The GE American chestnut is draining the idealism and integrity from TACF,â€ the Melicans said.â€œThere is just no reason for taking the risks involved with genetically engineering the American chestnut. The local TACF chapters have been working for years and having great success developing blight-resistant American chestnut trees using backcross breeding.â€