I agree with Mr. Confer and Mr. Pelkie. Though it may look a bit shocking to see the immediate aftermath of cutting, inspections every few months especially in the following spring will show how Nature rebounds with benefits for wildlife. A note on cutting the red pines; these were planted in the '30's by the CCC on grids in old pastures. These trees have limited commercial value and without thinning don't seem to gain much size. I am not even sure they are native to our woods.
On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 7:44 AM Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pel...@cornell.edu> wrote: > I recently read this thesis: > > https://books.google.com/books/about/Factors_Affecting_Avian_Diversity_in_a_N.html?id=xnVPAAAAYAAJ > produced by Tom Litwin in 1986, discussing the changes in Sapsucker Woods > in both avian type and foliage type, over the hundred years up to that time. > > Amazing that grazing, lumbering, and fire have all passed through SSW > prior to its ‘sanctuary’ days. > The charted changes in nesters (Canada Warblers were once frequent!) is > very informative. > > My only point here is that Tom says early on something to the affect that > there is a difference between ‘conservation’ and ‘preservation’ and that > distinction had never hit home before so clearly. > Not to bend the Latin (and PIE) roots too far, but ‘con’ (from Latin ‘cum’ > with or together) and ‘serve’ (‘ser’ protect) is not the same as ‘pre’ > (beforehand) and ‘serve’. > Protecting together, as John C eloquently described, is not the same > business as protecting the same static thing forever. > > I finally grasped why the south side of the SSW is so barren of lower tier > breeders, after looking at Litwin’s historic maps of the woods. > Frankly, I prefer the north and east for diversity; the south high closed > canopy has its interesting but quite different residents (thrushes, > tanagers, barred owl, pileated et al., high canopy warblers in migration, > and ovenbirds to give one forest floor denizen his due.) > > The occasional cutting, as horrifying as it seems, breathes and welcomes > new life into the tired old forest, when done intelligently and in > moderation. > I would like to think that keeping an eye on the DEC efforts is worthy, > but that DEC is not rapacious in intent. > > ChrisP > ______________________ > > Chris Pelkie > Information/Data Manager; IT Support > Bioacoustics Research Program > Cornell Lab of Ornithology > 159 Sapsucker Woods Road > Ithaca, NY 14850 > http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/ > > On Aug 18, 2017, at 13:07, John Confer <con...@ithaca.edu> wrote: > > HI Dave, > > It still surprises me that even among environmentalists, biodiversity > is still a matter of contention. There are ecological reasons to support > biodiversity, often thought to enhance the mega goal of biostability. > > > -- > *Cayugabirds-L List Info:* > Welcome and Basics <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME> > Rules and Information <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES> > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> > *Archives:* > The Mail Archive > <http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> > Surfbirds <http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds> > BirdingOnThe.Net <http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html> > *Please submit your observations to eBird > <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>!* > -- > -- Tobias Dean, Furnituremaker 124 Yaple Rd. Ithaca NY 14850 t...@tobiasdean.com http://www.tobiasdean.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --