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Big, Old Trees in Decline Worldwide


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#16    Rafterman

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 13 December 2012 - 04:21 PM, said:

It depends on your pespective. If your an economists and everything is reduced down to its monitary value then your argument would seem to have value.
However the real situation is that woodcrops, as you describe, are virtual environmental deserts compared to a stand of old growth native trees. Loss of biodiversity and its knock on effects on human services is one of the single greatest threats we face as a species.

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View PostBr Cornelius, on 13 December 2012 - 04:21 PM, said:

It depends on your pespective. If your an economists and everything is reduced down to its monitary value then your argument would seem to have value.
However the real situation is that woodcrops, as you describe, are virtual environmental deserts compared to a stand of old growth native trees. Loss of biodiversity and its knock on effects on human services is one of the single greatest threats we face as a species.

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Do you have any evidence to back up your claim?  Interesting that when I google "woodcrop environmental desert" I get this thread.

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#17    Br Cornelius

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:49 PM

View PostRafterman, on 02 January 2013 - 04:06 PM, said:

Do you have any evidence to back up your claim?  Interesting that when I google "woodcrop environmental desert" I get this thread.

Wildlife requires a diverse range of micro-niches which are dependent on the widest range of plant species and ages of species. Monocrops of commercial pines fail on both counts.
You may not like this answer, but you will have to take my word for it as a trained environmental scientist.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

Yes Old Growth is dying off faster then it should. Luckily it is somewhat renewable.





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