When they’re gone, that’s it
Posted: December 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
THIS ISN'T GRAPEVINE: You might have seen Celastrus Orbiculatus in Vermont or New York. Called Oriental Bittersweet, the species is displacing American Bittersweet. It takes over, smothers and breaks low-lying vegetation, and when it grows high on trees, its weight can cause uprooting of the trees in high winds.
(Photo: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service).
You can plant trees but you can’t replace a forest.
Yes, wooded areas which have re-emerged on pockets of land in the wake of the decline of the New England family farm offer hope and encouragement to the conservation-minded.
However protected and nurturedNew England forests known to Native American and colonial populations.
One, they lack the towering tree species that greeted colonists; two, they’re are marked and sometimes dominated by alien species.
A readable study of the situation can be found at buzz news.