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TOPIC: HWA treatment on Nature Conservancy lands!

== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Wed, Apr 30 2008 2:06 pm
From: JamesRobertSmith

I got an email today asking if I'd be willing to help out on chemical
treatment for HWA on Nature Conservancy property at the new Chimney
Rock State Park at Lake Lure.

Did any of you also get this invite? It's for June 3. I'll be happy to
forward any names, email addresses, etc. They're looking for
volunteers to treat hemlocks. I'm assuming with Merit, via Kioritz
injectors. Not sure.

== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Wed, Apr 30 2008 3:50 pm
From: "Will Blozan"


That is great news! I hope they will use a generic- Merit is ridiculously


Behalf Of Andrew Joslin
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 1:28 AM
Subject: [ENTS] Re: HWA treatment on Nature Conservancy lands!

"That's nice. I just disagree with the idea of stopping WA in old
growth which is often thought of as an area that humans don't try to
fix things." John Keslick

When humans break things it's their obligation to try and fix them.
Standing by and doing nothing about HWA makes absolutely no sense.
Even if we ultimately fail we have to try. We're not talking about
natural successional events and processes in old-growth, this is
human introduced ecosystem destruction.

"Are we going to prune the trees then too, removing symplastless branches?" John Keslick

Absolutely not, pruning trees does not factor into HWA control, not
sure what you're referring to.

Andrew Joslin
Jamaica Plain, MA

== 2 of 4 ==
Date: Fri, May 2 2008 4:25 am
From: "Will Blozan"


I agree wholeheartedly. You may recall the morass we got into with John the
last time this came up. Let's not go there.

I find it morally deficient when we, as a human species that makes mistakes
like HWA, don't use the tools we have to try to salvage the victims of those
mistakes. We have the opportunity to temporarily save representatives of
ancient hemlock ecosystems with tools that work until a better, more viable
long-term option is developed. To idly stand by and allow the ancient
Carolina and eastern hemlock forests to be sucked to death when we have a
tool to save them is unforgivable.

In the future when people ask about the hemlock forests and where they went,
what will be our answer to them be? If we knew that some forests of American
chestnut were let to die when the tool was at hand to save them, how would
we feel? I'd be pretty damn pissed off at the loss of the ecological legacy
intentionally erased (no action is a choice)- especially when the bulk of
the effort would have been in the hands of the US Government and
"responsible" land managers. I guess crazy wars are infinitely more