RE: NANFA-- sc visitors and sweeten cove

Crail, Todd (
Tue, 30 Jul 2002 08:52:53 -0400

Very good report Casper. Makes me want to pick up roots and just deal with
the heat :)

Did the fella give any reason why he was clearing streamside?

I think a lot of people don't recognize the effects of their activities until
after the damage has been done (read: They never meant to cause any harm).
We run into that a lot with our Oak Openings conservation efforts where people
will plow over a dune to fill in a wet swale behind the dune (ergo, taking out
both ecotypes and going from about 300 native plant species to about 10
eurasian weeds and weedy natives like canada goldenrod) and they're confounded
as to why the pretty "weeds" didn't come back. What makes it even more fun is
then they feel shame about it when we try politely explaining the process to
get the pretty "weeds" back (even tho we're like AGHGHGHGAHH!! :).

And so they just give up and dump their old Ford motor and christen it with a
pile of malt liquor bottles. <sigh>

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