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Oak death traced to Santa Cruz, Marin counties

Original post made on Apr 17, 2008

New study finds Sudden Oak Death -- the disease killing tens of thousands of trees in the hills above Palo Alto -- was first introduced to California's forests near a nursery in Santa Cruz County and on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County --
and it's mutating.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 17, 2008, 2:05 AM

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Posted by a
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 17, 2008 at 8:26 am

Another example of human pollution as a result of money combined with global warming. Nice to see our destruction of mother nature play out until we finally destroy ourselves.


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Posted by jane
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 17, 2008 at 9:54 am

uuuhhh. . . what does that even mean?


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Posted by GMC
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:18 am

"a" is following the Gore scientific method. The mere suggestion of a possibility that climate change could be a factor bypasses all need for scientific testing (e.g, , control groups, methodic elimination of other causes, etc.) and goes right to fact.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:19 am

Stuff happens, even with no human interference. That is why the concept of Old Growth forest is so silly. Time to harvest the oaks and replant something more useful/resistant.


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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Ventura
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

Yeah, and they got evilutionists too. New strains do not evolve.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

This is well within the limitations of Darwin.


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Posted by T
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 17, 2008 at 7:25 pm

I agree that stuff happens, even with no human interference. However, I am not convinced it's time to replant with something more useful/resistant. I own forested land in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was hit hard by S.O.D. In the last couple of years, though, I have noticed a dramatic improvement. The Tan Oaks that survived, and all the new ones that have sprung up since, look great. (Previously, I was finding newly dead or diseased trees on an almost weekly basis.) As a layperson, I can only offer an opinion, not fact, but I think that the concept of S.O.D. as a pathogen that will emerge periodically, cause problems, and then fade away (until the next cycle) may be accurate. If that's the case, I don't think there's any need to replant -- unless, of course, we're talking about a backyard specimen plant that died and needs replacing.


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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Ventura
on Apr 18, 2008 at 10:39 am

You liberals and your Darwin got it wrong. Everything was created in 6 days and nothing evolved.


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Posted by Richard
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm

T is right about cycles, which is why Walter is correct about old-growth forests. They represent one phase in they life cycle of a forest, the stale dead end of tree domination. Fires are needed to clear things out and start the cycle again. It is hard for humans to see cycles that are much longer than our lifetime, so people talk about land being "destroyed" or "devastated" by fires instead of being reborn. Nobody bemoans their garden or lawn being wiped out by winter because they know it will come back in the spring. Yellowstone has recovered nicely from the big fires of 1988 despite all the hand-wringing at the time.


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