Golden poster-bird
Dec26

Golden poster-bird

It seems like the golden-winged warbler (GWWA) has become the non-game poster bird for everything from clearcuts to shelterwood cuts to overstory removal to seed tree harvests in our national forests. The philosophy appears to be “if you build it they will come,” see —www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2014/07/03/young-forests-can-benefit-wildlife/. As an avid birder and one who contracted with the USDA Forest Service for nine years doing...

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Restoring the Southern Appalachian Forests
Mar11

Restoring the Southern Appalachian Forests

The Smokies are renown for their biological diversity and scenic beauty. But a short drive along either of two scenic byways – The Blue Ridge Parkway or the Cherohala Skyway – provides a window on forests under attack from invasive exotics. There are many places near the North Carolina end of the Cherohala Skyway where you can look to the north-northeast towards the Santeetlah Creek drainage and see acres of dead eastern hemlocks,...

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The devil is in the details – again
Mar23

The devil is in the details – again

The U.S. Forest Service will be holding a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 4 to explain its brand new proposed draft Planning Rule. This is not a meeting for public comment. According to the U.S. FS, “The forum will not be a platform to accept public comment, rather an opportunity for interested stakeholders to ask questions to better...

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