baby don't you wanna go
so the Forest Service folks want comments on a proposed plan to deal with Tamarisk...
these are the same guys who created that stupid Forest Adventure Pass.. I pay taxes so I don't pay any forest service member a dime for back country recreation
so here's my comments
Invasive Biology and the Folly of Biodiversity
Years Ago, the NPS considered honeybees invasive and started to kill them on the Channel Islands..this is madness and certain proof that invasive biology is a pseudoscience..
Pages 327–335 in Damiani, C.C. and D.K. Garcelon (eds.). 2009. Proceedings of 327
the 7th California Islands Symposium. Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA.
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF FERAL HONEY BEE
COLONIES ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, CALIFORNIA: A SUMMARY
feral honybees?? ..is this the limit of their creative mojo? killing things they don't understand? you should NEVER kill bees
but of course, the killing continued on the islands in the name of biodiversity...owls, pigs, hawks, foxes and other species were killed and it is my feeling that the folks responsible for such folly should be jailed for animal cruelty...
I've watched as the so-called biologists demonize plants and then poison the hills to kill them..fortunately, Nature allows the fennel and thistle to grow back as the wind disperses the gorgeous seeds..the red and purple finches use the thistle for nests and that's enough reason to LEAVE IT ALONE!
and now the Tamarisk plant/tree/shrub is causing psychological disturbance among the bio-folks...introducing a beetle to control the Tamarik is insane...
the Tamarisk is an Asian tree used by Spaniards for erosion control..oh no!! Asians and Spaniards...the tree must be evil!!! KILL IT!!!
the biologists logic: Some biologists fear that tamarisk provides raptors with sentry towers from which they may scout prey, including federally protected groundnesting birds.
gee, don't the hawks know which birds are federally protected??? what next, kill the hawks???
the tamasik is not going to hurt anything or anybody..if you want to control it, send a crew in once a year to mow it down if it makes you happy
but what about the consequences??
Defoliation may lead to site conditions that favor the establishment of other invasive non-native plants.
Defoliation may negatively impact some insect and wildlife species.
Defoliation may result in unsightly stands of dead and dying tamarisk.
the tamarisk tree is beautiful..I've watched it grow on the Carpinteria Bluffs and shield some coastal oaks..it provides habitat for numerous birds..it is HARMLESS!!!
do not introduce a beetle to kill a tree...don't the coastal oaks have enough problems fighting fungus and bark beetles?
Many urban live oaks are under continual stress, usually from getting too much water in the summer.
is it any wonder the oaks thrive next to tamarisk which controls the water uptake??
don't waste my tax dollars killing healthy trees or ANYTHING IN THE WILD with poison