15. Coarse Woody Debris – Space
422. What makes a healthy tree or plant? The availability in
the proper proportions of the right "STEW" - Space, Temperature, Elements
and Water. And the energy of the sun will be used optimally making a tree
into the most efficient system on earth. Everything is
423. With respect to space and coarse woody debris, the importance
of reduction of space by fallen trees with respect to endangered species,
browsing by deer, temperature changes, moisture changes, essential element
capacity, animals, fungi diversity and more, the latter references only suggest
a benefit of fallen trees while showing that removal is only a depleting
act causing dysfunction and disruption to the system here, known as a once
424. With respect to the thoughts of removing trees from the once fertile
forest in order to create space, add sunlight (thinning - logging) the The
Self Thinning Rule of Ecology has done a good job for a long time (Hardwick,
425. Once fertile forest, were logged in the past, or treated in ways,
out of the ignorance of tree biology. This project is proof that it
continues. This is a worldwide problem for trees of a forest and cities.
Now, the promoters of logging today want us to believe that coarse woody
debris serve no purpose, are fire hazards, are supposed to be unsightly,
and if removed would address drought problems of the past as well as help
the forest in future drought. They (USFS practicing foresters on (“Burn
and Clearcut Project”) also want us to believe that applying ammonium nitrate,
herbicides, putting up deer fences, road building and planting non-native
grass will replace all the functionality, over time, of the material mentioned
to be removed in the “Burn and Clearcut Project”. Not to mention, they
claim the latter will increase the structural functionality above as well
as below ground and thus increase forest health (sorry again for going beyond
committed boundaries in this document). Thus the foundation of the
false premise, that coarse woody debris serves no purpose to system health,
while removal would? Magicians convince you that the hat is empty.
They start with a false premise (SHIGO, 1999).
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