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USFS Chief visits ANF

Balance is between use and preservation

June 15, 2013

United States Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell visited the Allegheny National Forest Headquarters in Warren on Friday before speaking at a dinner held by the Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group......

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MTOMTO

Jun-18-13 8:39 AM

Yes, the drillers own the subsurface rights and legally have access to develop thier OGMs and bring them to market. If you were so concerned about well sites, why not join a group, raise money, and purchase the OGM rights from the owner? Then you could exercise your right as owner not to develop.

As far as the security guards, it is for your protection, protection of the owner's investment, and prevention of damage to the localized environment from possible discharge due to illegal acts of a radically motivated person(s).

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MTOMTO

Jun-18-13 8:28 AM

Repeated defoliation over several years can often lead to tree stress and death. Conifers can die after one severe defoliation as they are unable to produce new needles after defoliation. Gypsy moth defoliation can predispose trees to attack by opportunistic insects or diseases.

And don't get me started on all of the fecal droppings they create.

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25or624

Jun-17-13 9:46 AM

SOT, Riggle is correct on all accounts - at least in this thread - gypsy moths are nothing new. Their populations are somewhat cyclical. They build and then collapse, but do relatively little permanent damage to the forest. The FS does some spraying with a natural agent called BT to keep the worst infestations down somewhat. As for a five-acre well site that is stoned over or mostly paved, well, that has a much longer duration of degradation. I remember a huge infestation of gypsy moths about 20 years ago that denuded entire mountain sides in central Pa. They were just as lush immediately after the collapse as they were before.

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Riggle

Jun-15-13 6:11 PM

So, let's get this straight--you are po'd about the chomping worms, but not about clearcut acres capped with gravel, with heavy truck traffic, fracking (etc,etc) but worms are what you are concerned about. And security guards keeping you away are also OK? Pathetic.

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Riggle

Jun-15-13 6:05 PM

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Riggle

Jun-15-13 9:37 AM

Those nests held tent caterpillars, not Gypsy Moth caterpilars, sof. Gypsy Moths worms hatch from egg masses that appear on trees, mostly oaks. Why are you blaming others when you also had the chance to comment? The forest has bigger threats than worms awaiting it. Go check out the huge clearcut and well pad near Jakes Rocks if you can get past the security guards.

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LeftyBeaulieu

Jun-15-13 7:35 AM

"All in detail beyond the scope of this article, but the conversation kept coming back to balanced management and community partnerships." - - Hope another article is written to give us the details.

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