Dwindling Urban Forests  

TOPIC: The Dwindling Urban Forests

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Date: Mon, Jan 28 2008 8:33 am
From: James Parton


Development is being paid with the lives of trees & forests. Check out
the map.



TOPIC: The Dwindling Urban Forests

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Date: Mon, Jan 28 2008 10:37 pm
From: "Michele DeSilva"

That's quite a striking map!

I'm sort of new to ENTS and the list, but this map gives me an inroad to
introducing myself:
I grew up in upstate SC (Walhalla, if any of you of ever heard of that) and
saw a lot of that change from undeveloped to developed as Greenville and
Atlanta have expanded dramatically in the past couple of decades. (In
keeping with the book suggestion trend that's been going on lately, I would
suggest *Pieces of the Frame* by John McPhee. It's not about trees
specifically but a collection of essays, many of which are about Georgia's
environment, which was beginning to undergo significant changes at the time
of these writings).

Anyway, I live in Oregon now, which has some gorgeous trees. I'm not
professionally involved with trees (I'm a librarian), but I enjoy learning
about trees and appreciate them for their aesthetic value as well as for
their absolute necessity to life. There was a fairly large eastern hemlock
in my grandma's yard when I was growing up (it has since been struck by
lightning & pruned) whose branches sloped down and touched the ground,
creating a natural treehouse. My brother and I called it the "playhouse
tree" and practically lived in it. I was very sorry to hear about the effect
of the adelgid on the eastern hemlock but somewhat comforted by hearing
about the existence of ENTS & the Tsuga Search project (I read about it in
the New Yorker). I would love to learn how to climb and measure trees one

I really enjoy reading everyone's informative comments on this list. Keep
up the great work!

Michele DeSilva

== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Mon, Jan 28 2008 11:06 pm
From: James Parton


Welcome to ENTS! Living just outside of Hendersonville NC, I have
heard of Walhalla SC. I know what you mean about development. In my 43
years of life I have seen WNC grow significantly. It seems that most
of the growth here is people migrating from other parts of the
country, from up north and Florida, and from Latin America. It is not
quite the place it used to be but there is still much beauty left.
Pisgah National Forest, The Great Smokies & Green River Game Lands are
but three.

You live in Oregon now? Great! We need some western ents. You have
access to tree and forest types we lack here. Your reports should
prove interesting.

Again, Welcome!

James Parton.