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    Barbara Moran, Senior Science Writer

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There are 2 comments on Good News and Bad News about Forest Fragmentation

  1. Your study lacks view of the future. Why do a study if you have no vision? The Green New Deal (GND) is a vision. Sci-fi writers clearly have a vision of life on Earth as well as what an ideal life might look like on other worlds. Atheism is a vision. Ethical vegan is a vision. And our favorite, the VROC (vegan raisin oatmeal cookie analogy) is a vision. Research is done either to stop something we are doing or to promote something we might do. You are building up proof of something for some reason which is unclear. I think most of what you report or will report is already known. Why split hairs when we know what to do; return the natural landscape or at least advocate returning all of the natural landscape and not just fifty percent as some cowards have announced and end fragmentation among other things. Although the US at this time has no vision that does not mean that individual scientists can’t have a vision. — From the Deep Woods of the Species’ Forest, Conway Massachusetts.

  2. The health of New England forests is endangered. This study seems to me to have missed the forests for the trees. My observation of the Berkshires and central New Hampshire is that every important species that constitute our great northeast is under assault (with the sole exception of quercus rubra). Ash yellows decimates the white ash. White pine is crumbling in many locations from a host of evils. Yellow and white birch (though not cherry – betula lenta) are not regenerating due to heavy deer browse. Mature birch are being annihilated by the bronze birch borer. Red maple shows disease mortality, and sugar maples everywhere often succumb to root rot fungus. The beech tree? It is overwhelmed by the 2 part savagery of birch bark disease. The grave and lofty hemlock will fall in countless numbers under the tidal wave of the adelgid.
    The future of New England’s forests is dire. The appearance (central PA)of yet one more voracious insect from the orient (lantern bug) is more than sad – it is appalling.
    The authors have measured the greater health of trees with better access to the sun. I think that all silvicultural specialists should study the future of our forests with the clear purpose of preserving that which can be, and preparing for our forests to be managed intensively. The analogy which seems fair: the intervention to breed the condor in captivity.

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