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  •  Invasive Species and Fire (0+ / 0-)
    Down here in the Southeastern- US, two of our biggest threats to native ecosystems are invasive species and lack of fire.  Fire dependent -longleaf pine forests once dominated most everything that wasn't a swamp from Southeast Virginia to Eastern Texas.   Thousands and thousands of species adapted to a pyrogenic landscape.   Most of T & E our species live in the longleaf pine forests (indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, Bachman's sparrows, red-cockaded woodpeckers, etc.)  If there is any hope of restoring our native ecosystems, we need lots of prescribed fire and we need to control our worst invasives - in particular cogon grass Imperata cylindrica and climbing fern Lygodium spp.
    The ARRA funds jump-started a big cogon grass project here in Alabama and it also put a bunch of money into subsidizing fire.   That's some awesome news for our beleaguered native ecosystems.
    I encourage the Sierra Club to focus on two issues where they could easily work with the other side of spectrum and do a world of good for Planet Earth, do this: promote programs that target invasive species, and do whatever you can to promote and protect our right to burn.  If the EPA ever shuts down prescribed fire in the Southeast, countless species endemic to the fire-maintained longleaf pine forests will disappear.  
    You have your charge.

    I'll put on my glasses.... and tell you how sweet your ass is. (w/ apologies to Señor Bega)

    by mHainds on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 02:27:28 PM PDT

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