Seeking Action on Exotic Insects
To the Editors:
I read with interest, and initially despair, the
article in the Autumn 2016 issue “Trade-offs:
Exotic Invaders Are a Threat to Our Forests.” The
problem is so big and so buried in bureaucracy,
corporate greed, and denial that it is hard to
see a timely solution. It’s discouraging to know
that many policymakers do not even recognize
climate change and its consequences, even
while these changes in our weather patterns are
making it easier for non-native insects to thrive.
I have lived in Vermont my whole life so am
acutely aware that climate change is real and
can see the effect on plant and animal species
by invasives. For those looking at the issue from
an economic viewpoint, the effects on tourism,
maple production, property values, and all the
costs of disaster cleanup must certainly add up. I
was hopeful when I read that The Carey Institute
for Global Good team that traveled to Washington
to meet with members of Congress found more
interest in this topic than they had imagined, but
Above, clockwise: Chatting with old friends and new; a talk by writer Rick Bass; checking out The Caterpillar Lab.
we cannot be sure that the next congress will
give these problems the same attention. There
are already too few inspectors at the ports, so I
would hope that this will not be an area where
budget cuts will be made.
I hope this article will make lots of people think
and, more importantly, write their representatives!
Thank you for this and for all the informative
articles in the magazine.
Pam Perry, Hartland, Vermont
Different Definitions of Management
To the Editors:
The article about the Vernon Town Forest
[Stewardship Story, Autumn 2016] was very
good, but contained one possibly misleading
statement concerning the black gum stand. It
said, “No forest management is planned here.”
Actually there is a forest management plan for
that stand, which is to leave it alone. A forest
management plan often designates no-cut areas
and these are just as important as areas that will
be treated. A better description might have been,
“The forest management prescription is to leave
the black gum stand in its natural state.”
Ted Cady, Warwick, Massachusetts
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Conference a Hit!
The 2016 Northern Woodlands Conference,
sponsored by the Bailey Charitable Foundation
and The Trust for Public Land, brought together
a great group of participants and speakers for
a weekend of workshops, talks, walks, and
fun conversations over meals and by the fire.
Thank you to everyone who joined us – we
feel inspired, energized, and grateful for the
opportunity to spend time with such a creative
community of people. We are excited about next
year’s conference – stay tuned for details!