Flora deaths in New York – 11/10/2005

  • November 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm #1080


    I wish to draw your attention to the fact that not only are natural
    fauna suffering various ills at the hand of man, flora too are
    experiencing strange “diseases” and such, many involving large die-offs.

    These plagues have thus far gone entirely unreported except perhaps in
    arcane scientific journals dedicated to the subject. I can give eye
    witness account of two such plagues effecting western New York where
    we live.

    First let me note my brother is a forest ecologist of some world
    renoun. He and I have discussed two inexplicable scourages here, one
    involving maple trees the other certain species of pine. He concludes
    the future for these important trees is in danger, and admits that,
    though in one case a “fungus” is loosely blamed, science has yet to
    truly identify the porblem. (our money is on Monsanto or the ilk has
    something to do with it)

    The first problem involves the random destruction of sugar maple
    trees, which is presently explained as a “new fungus” yet which defies
    detection as such. On our property alone at least a dozen trees have
    been hit. Several died swiftly and outright, but for most the tree
    simply rots off at about eye level, leaving the trunk to sucker out
    from the base in order to survive. (if it can) If the tree survives,
    it is still rendered useless so far as any industry involving the
    sugar maple is concerned. (it’s our “state tree,” responsible for much
    of the tourism in New York, which actually peaks in the autumn when
    folks come to see their stunning colors)

    In this region this is no small problem. In the past we had our own
    trees tapped to make syrup, but no longer do so in order not to tax
    them further in their battle with whatever environmental onslaught
    they are facing.

    The pine die-offs are more stunning, and more mysterious. There is no
    current theory as to cause, not even a suggestion upon which to base
    research. An effected are will see 100% of the pines die swiftly and
    completely, leaving large brown swaths, some acres in size, quite
    visible across the hillsides. The species effected are normally used
    for forest recovery, (first growth) not having much use as lumber.

    But actually, such land recovery as these trees are used for is more
    important than than lumber industry around here. Simply because there
    are other species that can be used for this purpose does not mean the
    problem goes away. But I can see science failing to get to the bottom
    of this one for lack of interest on the part of funding sources. The
    latter would simply say “plant something else… problem solved!”

    Of course I disagree.

    In both instances a vast change in the environment is occuring, yet it
    seems not worth even mentioning in the press or halls of government.

    A third, lesser item; there is also a “black stain” that further
    plagues local maples, though it does not seem to harm the trees much.
    An effected tree shows literally every leaf marred by large, circular
    black spots on the leaves. Close inspection does resemble a fungus or
    canker. But the pattern of the spots leaves one wondering whether it
    is a component of rain, along with perhaps a weakened immune system in
    the tree, that causes the condition. In fact, one tree that died on
    our property in the first scenario above did so from the top down. My
    wife and I both remarked it appeared as though the tree had been
    sprayed with an hebicide from above.

    All three of the above have showed up in force in a scant three years,
    before which they had never been seen anywhere. Add to this all the
    talk of “emerging viruses” in the news and we’re back to Monsanto, or
    perhaps the military side of “bioresearch” as the chief suspect.

    Just thought I’d pass along the fact that plants, too, are giving us
    strong indications as “canaries in the coal mine,” equally as well as
    animals. But being less “romantic” than animals, these plagues and
    others plants suffer will continue to get shoved off to the back
    burner in the media, in the halls of government and in academia.

    Be well, all,
    Cliff and Fern

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