[PDF KINDLE] The Dying of the Trees author Charles E. Little

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The Dying of the Trees

The Dying of the Trees review Ë 100 Charles E. Little Ë 0 characters read & download The Dying of the Trees Efore they are cut From the sugarbush of Vermont and the dogwoods of Maryland's Catoctin mountains to the forests of the hollows in Applachia the oaks and aspens of northern Michigan and the mountainsides and deserts of the West a whole range of human caused maladies from fatal ozone ultraviolet rays and acid rain to the disastrous aftermat. The content of this book while old at this point is fine The writing style of Mr Little is insufferable Every point is a chance to make a smarmy jab at someone or point out how well educated he is This is exactly the attitude that turns off huge portions of the population from environmentalism or science in general Fifty percent of the words could be removed and the book would be 100% better

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The Dying of the Trees review Ë 100 Charles E. Little Ë 0 characters read & download The Dying of the Trees Most of us remember the magic of a certain forest or a favorite tree Our children says writer and conservationist Charles E Little probably won't The forests are declining The trees are dying Little shows how logging in the Northwest is far from the whole story how virtually everywhere in this country our trees are mortally afflicted even b. Long long ago before the 1970s thousands of people would make a springtime pilgrimage to the Catoctin woods of Maryland to enjoy the flowering dogwood trees Today the tourists no longer come because seventy nine percent of the dogwoods are dead and the rest are dying A mystery fungus created a rapidly spreading blight which penetrated the bark and blocked the flow of water and nutrients It killed new dogwood seedlings The experts were puzzled Could the trees have been weakened by acid rain smog increased UV radiation or a changing climateThe dogwood die off captured the attention of Maryland resident Charles Little a conservationist and writer It inspired him to spend three years visiting 13 states observe dying trees interview experts and read papers and reports Then he wrote The Dying of the Trees It was a heartbreaking project because everything he learned was grim and worseningOn one trip he visited Hub Vogelmann in the Green Mountains of Vermont a region downwind from the industrial Midwest Three uarters of the spruce trees were dead and there was no evidence of insects or disease In tree ring studies vanadium arsenic and barium began appearing in the wood around 1920 Following World War II the wood also contained copper lead zinc and cadmium Aluminum is commonly found in forest soils but acid rain breaks down aluminum silicates enabling the metal to be absorbed by plants It kills the roots Vogelmann was sharply criticized for suggesting that the problem was related to acid rain an emerging issue by 1979Acid rain was killing forests in Germany and Eastern Europe It was killing the sugar maples in New England Ontario and uebec In the Appalachian region of uebec ninety one percent of the maples were in decline by 1988 The rain was ten times acidic than normal It was leaching the phosphorus potassium and magnesium out of the soil essential nutrients In some places the livers and kidneys of moose and deer contained so much cadmium that the Canadian government issued health warnings In glaring defiance of the evidence the US Forest Service reported that the maples were healthy and improvingLittle visited Rock Creek near Beckley West Virginia It was home to a remnant of the mesophytic forest bits of which are spread across several states This ecosystem may be 100 million years old It was never submerged by rising seas or erased by glaciers It was the mother forest for the trees now living in eastern North America Sadly mature trees at Rock Creek in full foliage were falling over their trunks hollowed out by rot Fungi supercharged by excess nitrogen were now able to penetrate the bark Trees were producing up to 80 percent fewer seeds John Flynn was among the pioneers in reporting the acid rain story to the national media He was harshly criticized by both industry and the US Forest ServiceOnce on a visit to England Little met an elderly sailor who had visited Oregon as a young man The immense virgin forests had amazed him Little did not tell the old fellow that those ancient forests were mostly gone now and that industry was eager to destroy the ten percent that remained It took the Brits a thousand years to exterminate their ancient forest Americans largely did it in one generation thanks to better technology and mass hysteriaThe vast white pine forests that once stretched from Maine to Minnesota never recovered Deciduous trees took their place Ancient forests are not renewable resources In clear cutting such forests then we not only kill the trees that are cut but we annihilate the possibility of such trees for all time Forests are incredibly complex ecosystems and logging disrupts a state of balance that took eons to develop Many wildlife species cannot survive on cutover lands A monoculture tree plantation is not a forest and is vulnerable to cold drought pests and diseasesLittle visited Colorado where many forests were brown and dead The original forest was exterminated about 100 years ago The second growth that replaced it was a different mix of species mostly shade tolerant which were vulnerable to spruce budworms These trees were densely packed together thanks to a strategy of fire suppression promptly extinguishing every wildfire The dense growth was attractive to budworms which weakened the trees Then the bark beetles were able to finish them off Dead forests loaded with fuel invite fireNative Americans controlled fuel buildup with periodic low level burns but this is impossible today because of the massive accumulations of fuel There is no undo button for a century of mistakes The government cannot afford to thin overgrown forests and remove the excess fuel from many millions of acres so the stage is set for catastrophic fires There will come a day when the cost and availability of oil makes modern high tech firefighting impossibleForests often die in slow motion A speedy decline might take 25 years and be invisible to casual observers Forest death increased in the twentieth century following the extermination of ancient forests It worsened after World War II as pollution levels increased Climate change is likely to cause additional harmA vital lesson in this book is to never automatically believe anything Master the art of critical thinking and always uestion authority Our culture is out of its mind and many of its deeply held beliefs are bull excrement Each generation innocently passes this load of excrement to the next because it s all they knowHere s my favorite passage A hand will be raised at the back of the room But what can we do the petitioner will ask Do What can we do What a uestion that is when we scarcely understand what we have already done In a series of stories Little s book informs readers that industrial civilization and healthy forests do not mix But it barely scratches the surface of the harms caused by the logging industry or the many other industries When I proudly received my golden meal ticket from the university I was dumber than a box of rocks I was well trained to spend the rest of my days striving for respect and status by shopping the planet to piecesToday as the clock is running out on industrial civilization it s essential to better understand what we have already done We won t discover every fatal defect because our way of life is overloaded with them but the ones that we can see are likely to be addressed We are on a dead end path We would be wise to outgrow our habits and illusions and remember how to liveLittle recommends the obvious sharply reverse population growth end the extermination of forests plant billions of trees and stop industrial pollution He cautions readers that we re well beyond the point where the damage can be repaired Our task today is damage control learning growing teaching and mindfully reducing the harm we cause each day The book does not conclude with the traditional slop bucket of magical thinking His straight talk is refreshing

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The Dying of the Trees review Ë 100 Charles E. Little Ë 0 characters read & download The Dying of the Trees H of clear cutting has brought tree death and forest decline in its wake In his journeys to America's forests and woodlands Little exhaustively explores this phenomenon with scientists government officials and citizen leaders and recounts how they have responded and in many cases failed to respond to this threat to global ecological balance. I picked this up in a used bookstore in Eureka California I had just visited the redwoods for the first time and was in an environmental mood The author looks at the lumber industry and the condition of our forested lands He tells about many kinds of trees including redwoods seuoias and bristlecone He recounts the damage being done by acid rain forest fires and industrial emissions The book tells it like it is without an alarmist tone I enjoyed reading this A woods walker knows when there is an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars from the sheer noise of thousands of caterpillars defecating frass the droppings which rattle on dry leaves below in an unmistakable pitter pat that for all the world sounds like a summer rain even though the sun may be out and the day clear It is not a comforting sound


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    [PDF KINDLE] The Dying of the Trees author Charles E. Little Long long ago before the 1970s thousands of people would make a springtime pilgrimage to the Catoctin woods of Maryland to enjoy the flowering dogwood trees Today the tourists no longer come because seventy nine percent of the dogwoods are dea

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    [PDF KINDLE] The Dying of the Trees author Charles E. Little This book was good I like that Mr Little has an objective viewpoint on the topic which still reveals a great amount of danger that north American trees are in Many of these can be directly or indirectly attributed to industrial society If trees die animals and fungi die

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