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Trees in trouble
Star-Tribune ^ | July 31, 2007 | BRODIE FARQUHAR

Posted on 07/31/2007 9:00:38 AM PDT by george76

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A history of fire suppression, an invasive fungal plague, and rampant insect infestation fueled by global warming add up to likely extinction for the whitebark pine and serious trouble for the grizzly bear and other species that depend on it, some scientists say.

That sets the stage for problem No. 2: white pine blister rust, an exotic species native to Eurasia and inadvertently introduced to western North America in 1910 near Vancouver, British Columbia...

As the fungal disease spreads south and east, it leaves behind “ghost” forests, Tomback said -- stands of dead whitebark pine and mortality rates of 90 percent or higher. Blister rust has already spread to southern California, east through Idaho and Montana, south to Colorado and Nevada.

It is already present in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, Tomback said. A recent inventory says 25 percent of whitebark pines in the Yellowstone ecosystem have rust.

If blister rust can be regarded as a steadily, if slow-moving, disaster for whitebark pine, the relatively dramatic and sudden attack of mountain pine beetles can be regarded as a biological firestorm...

(Excerpt) Read more at casperstartribune.net ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Government; US: California; US: Idaho; US: Montana; US: Nevada; US: Washington; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: anthropomorphized; beetles; environment; environmentalists; envirowackos; forests; global; globalwarming; loggers; pinebeetles; warming; yellowstone

1 posted on 07/31/2007 9:00:41 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

They make it sound like white pine blister rust is something new. I’ve heard about it for more than 60 years.

Nothing to do with gullible warming.


2 posted on 07/31/2007 9:03:43 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: george76

Why would whitebark pines go extinct? Don’t they make cones with seeds?


3 posted on 07/31/2007 9:04:18 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: george76

Replace the the white pine with a more blight-resistant species and replace the grizzlies with polar bears, dyed brown.


4 posted on 07/31/2007 9:08:48 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Clara Lou
Don’t they make cones with seeds?

Not after they've been infected by the fungus.

5 posted on 07/31/2007 9:09:57 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: EggsAckley; forester

These liberals like to blame everything on global warming.

or Bush.


6 posted on 07/31/2007 9:10:12 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
and rampant insect infestation fueled by global warming

My BS detector pegged at max int he first line of the article.

7 posted on 07/31/2007 9:10:50 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Brad from Tennessee

actually, polar bears turn green in warmer climates, fungus grows on the hair shafts... the Polar Bears that they displayed in Vancouver BC Canada had that problem... they turned green...


8 posted on 07/31/2007 9:10:51 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: george76
A history of fire suppression, an invasive fungal plague, and rampant insect infestation fueled by global warming

Isn't the insect infestation caused by a lack of fire?

9 posted on 07/31/2007 9:11:37 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Fine collect seed cones from those that are still healthy. The extinction scare is premature—unless every tree existing has the fungus and none are producing cones.


10 posted on 07/31/2007 9:13:53 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: george76
People For The Ethical Treatment Of Insects

INSECT RIGHTS ASSOCIATION

11 posted on 07/31/2007 9:17:14 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: donna

Liberals have a convenient theory and they do not want to be confused with the facts.


12 posted on 07/31/2007 9:17:59 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: EggsAckley
Nothing to do with gullible warming

Super Volcano!

13 posted on 07/31/2007 9:18:49 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: george76
...rampant insect infestation fueled by global warming...

Oh for Pete's sake...

Is there anything left that isn't caused by Global WarmingTM?

The forests are in trouble because man-hating envirowackos refuse to allow loggers to keep forests healthy. They're in trouble because tree-hugging nutcases have anthropomorphized plants, creating a morality from whole cloth.

Those who worship Gaia would be just fine with the extinction of man. But, painful as the truth may be, the fact is that forests are healthier when people harvest trees and cull dead wood regularly.

14 posted on 07/31/2007 9:24:23 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: george76

So let the forests burn periodically as God intended...


15 posted on 07/31/2007 9:24:58 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: TChris; SunkenCiv; girlangler
LOL

anthropomorphized plants...

.

16 posted on 07/31/2007 9:42:48 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

If they were sentient, they’d have screaming to be put out of their misery long ago. ;’)


17 posted on 07/31/2007 9:45:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, July 31, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MD_Willington_1976

Green! I guess if they don’t just die in warmer weather, as Al Gore infers, it’s some consolation that the bears turn green—the environmentalist’s color of choice.


18 posted on 07/31/2007 9:45:19 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: SunkenCiv

It is fun to laugh at these global warming nuts.


19 posted on 07/31/2007 9:57:29 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Clara Lou
why would they go extinct? cuz BRODIE FARQUHAR rom the Star Trib said so! ;-)

Not only are there seed cones available from non-infected areas but I would also assume there are millions dormant in the ground just waiting for a fire or clear cut so they can germinate....pretty tuff to extinct a frickin plant!

20 posted on 07/31/2007 10:00:36 AM PDT by Minnesoootan
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To: george76

Griz eat pine trees? huh,whoda thunk it....


21 posted on 07/31/2007 10:02:20 AM PDT by Minnesoootan
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To: Minnesoootan
millions dormant in the ground just waiting for a fire
I forgot about those.
22 posted on 07/31/2007 10:04:33 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: TChris
You said it....Environmentalists are bad for the environment.
23 posted on 07/31/2007 10:05:57 AM PDT by rottndog (Let us NEVER forget those that have paid the highest price, that we may live in FREEDOM!)
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To: Minnesoootan

“Not only are there seed cones available from non-infected areas but I would also assume there are millions dormant in the ground just waiting for a fire or clear cut so they can germinate....pretty tuff to extinct a frickin plant!”

Guess you’ve never heard of the American chestnut? It was virtually obliterated by a fungus.


24 posted on 07/31/2007 10:11:46 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: MD_Willington_1976
actually, polar bears turn green in warmer climates

Protective coloration, blend in with the forests instead of the snow? *\;-)

25 posted on 07/31/2007 10:17:12 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
it’s some consolation that the bears turn green—the environmentalist’s color of choice.

As well as the followers of Mohammed.

26 posted on 07/31/2007 10:18:29 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: george76
You'd think they're destroying the forests on purpose. They probably suspect all the trees of being members of the John Birch Society.
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27 posted on 07/31/2007 10:18:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, July 31, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

LOL

They probably suspect all the trees of being members of the John Birch Society.


28 posted on 07/31/2007 10:31:24 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: gracesdad

Don’t forget Dutch elm disease.


29 posted on 07/31/2007 11:25:59 AM PDT by Ed Condon (Wanted, newer tag line in good condition.)
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To: george76
Trees in trouble

"The oaks are just too greedy..."

30 posted on 07/31/2007 11:27:43 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: george76

What is left out is that these problems are ALL the cause of medaling by the Environmental kook groups. Because they would not allow timbering, we had the fire. Because they would not allow the harvesting of fire dead trees, we have the bugs. Funny how the meddlers are never blamed.


31 posted on 07/31/2007 11:30:00 AM PDT by Exton1
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To: Ed Condon

“Don’t forget Dutch elm disease.”

That too. And now Eastern hemlocks are being wiped out in large swaths by an insect.

I would love to have seen the mountains when thy were covered by blooming chestnuts.


32 posted on 07/31/2007 11:57:02 AM PDT by gracesdad
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33 posted on 07/31/2007 3:53:13 PM PDT by xcamel ("It's Talk Thompson Time!" >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: gracesdad

Now they’re all covered with bloomin fruitcakes...


34 posted on 07/31/2007 3:55:36 PM PDT by xcamel ("It's Talk Thompson Time!" >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: Clara Lou

I believe they need fire to germinate.


35 posted on 07/31/2007 3:57:13 PM PDT by EBH
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To: george76

The national park service is responsible for virtually all of the problems in Yellowstone park...primarily due to overgrazing by an artifically pumped up elk population....something I don’t think the park service has never officially claimed responsibility for.


36 posted on 07/31/2007 4:33:28 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: george76

Aww, no worries.

By the end if this decade, the Gorbats will be shrieking about the coming Ice Age, which will sort this all out. Beetles and fungus will both get subsumed by the advancing freeze, while the trees will seed out and lie dormant until the ice recedes again.

OR

We could pull out those 20-sided dice and make our “saving throw” hoping for “00”: Divine Intervention.


37 posted on 07/31/2007 4:36:24 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Nine out of ten orcs attacking Rohan were Saruman's Uruk-hai, not Sauron's! So, why invade Mordor?)
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To: george76; SunkenCiv
They probably suspect all the trees of being members of the John Birch Society.

Actually the trees are mebers of a splinter group headquartered in Aspen, CO...

38 posted on 07/31/2007 4:45:46 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Nine out of ten orcs attacking Rohan were Saruman's Uruk-hai, not Sauron's! So, why invade Mordor?)
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To: george76
Why does everything bad come from Eurasia? Purple Loosestrife, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Those flying carp working their way up the Mississippi, the Asian Beetle etc. Is there anything that is invasive that we can give back? Maybe ruin their fields with the hated North American Canadian Thistle, we could choke Eurasia’s rivers with the Northern Pike and infest their houses with Boxelder Bugs. In my estimation, it is time for a little payback.
39 posted on 07/31/2007 4:51:42 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Brad from Tennessee; MD_Willington_1976
...replace the grizzlies with polar bears, dyed brown.,p>Better not.

Polar bears are just plain ornery.

40 posted on 07/31/2007 5:09:47 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: uglybiker

Great link!


41 posted on 07/31/2007 5:35:16 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: HKMk23

If only they dug fur.


42 posted on 07/31/2007 8:58:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, July 31, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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