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  •  speaking of sassafras, Laurel Wilt disease is (16+ / 0-)

    closing in on my area fast. Supposedly found within miles of Tallahassee - both east and west. A ranger friend down at St Marks NWR said they are thinking of whacking off trees greater than 2" and letting them resprout in an attempt to preserve some trees as they search for a way to combat this killer of sassafras and red bay (and avocados I guess but I don't care about the avocado industry….) The ambrosia beetle won't attack saplings.

    "You are what you write, not what you look like."

    by PHScott on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 07:09:36 AM PDT

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    •  implications for huge population increases (9+ / 0-)

      in socal, first it was the Orange trees and Lemon Trees that sorta kinda held back development, now it's the vast hillside acreages devoted to Avocados, subject to many diseases and fungii..

      They are tearing out the to expensive to water nut trees in the Fresno/Sacto area and planting houses...all on the phony promises of more Nor Cal water.

      Interestingly, the huge water releases as part of fisheries restoration efforts down here, along with the releases on the Owens River...it's Chinatown Jake...and the release down the Colorado River all come at the dryest point in many years.

      Part of an effort to restore the environment..part of development compromises is what I think.

      Plowing ahead with this drought going on almost looks like pigheadedness aimed to undercut environmental progress by bad PR, not a bug but a feature and a 2-fer..'jes doing mah job like ya wanted me too..'

      It's also like damming with feint phrase.....(sic, sry.)

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 11:18:15 AM PDT

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