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RE: England's Trees woods and Forests consult.

Subject: RE: England's Trees woods and Forests consult.
From: jjdicker
Date: May 24 2006 17:00:07
Chris wrote:
My sense is that size is important. Where you have a large forest that
is not clearly constrained non-intervention can still lead to a variety
of habitats. Old trees collapse leaving clearing, the edge of the forest
shifts as natural regen and succession take place outside of what is now
forest.

Where you have an artificial landscape with forests small and
fragmented, their edges clearly defined and the land use on neighbouring
land (cultivation, grazing etc) preventing the forest from shifting into
that area intervention is needed in order to compensate for the
restrictions that we've placed on the ability of the forest to develop
as it wishes.

Brilliantly expressed, Chris.  But large wild forests usually need some
browsing animals to make clearings and some predators to keep the
herbivores in check.  In the UK our forests need some deer but we have too
many because there are no predators except hunting humans.  So some
intervention is indicated.   Nature is dynamic not static.  Populations
ebb and flow.  We can decide to help the deer poulations to ebb and the
tree populations to flow.  It's a decision, as more eloquently described
by another contributor.

Jerry D


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