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(USA Today)   And thus began the conquest of six countries by the invasive giant redwood army, leaving skeletons of kangaroos a hundred feet in the air   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2013-04-22 02:33:12 PM  
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"long-lived" != best, or even best for its ecosystem. It's ecological ignoramuses like this who have farked up ecosystems with invasive species in their efforts to "help". Frankly I'm amazed that they've got permission to plant these in some of the countries mentioned where they have incredibly tight restrictions on non-native species. New Zealand, for example, is already being overrun but introduced pines. It's reforesting where it was never forested before and the native animals are not adapted to it. New Zealand also already has a native giant tree: the kauri. So they're going to run that into extinction with an introduced tree?

Not to mention that forests everywhere might not actually be the solution, and that grasslands and wetlands might be a better idea for a lot of places.

2013-04-22 02:28:18 PM  
2 votes:
We have farking eucalyptus all over Northern CA, so the least we could do is return the favor.
2013-04-22 11:57:39 PM  
1 vote:
Step 1 : Find an empty planet

Step 2 : Plant a whole bloody lot of giant redwoods

Step 3 : Name it Kashyyyk and build a bunch of treehouses.
2013-04-22 10:07:04 PM  
1 vote:

stuffy: Why do you need to clone a redwood, when there are saplings all over the place?

They want to propagate the genetic superiority of exceptionally long-lived specimens.
2013-04-22 04:09:19 PM  
1 vote:
Fun fact:  100 years ago or so, Australia had trees taller than any existing Redwoods today.
2013-04-22 04:05:02 PM  
1 vote:

WelldeadLink: ruta: Frankly I'm amazed that they've got permission to plant these in some of the countries mentioned where they have incredibly tight restrictions on non-native species.

The article did not mention anything about getting permission.
They're going to do good, whether it kills someone or not.

I'm all for planting trees, but for cryin' out loud, plant the stuff that's supposed to grow there in the first place... and ask permission first, or someone's just going to come along and rip it out anyway.
2013-04-22 03:26:31 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: said Tom Burke, landscape manager at the College of Marin. "We've had redwoods in this area since God planted them."

Meth Addict says what?

/Please don't mix science and religion, otherwise you end up with a Monsanto corporation preaching that food with its own insecticide is good for people when its not.
//YumYum. These food tastes awesome with all the roundup still on it.
2013-04-22 02:56:37 PM  
1 vote:
Trees grow from the top.  A nail hammered into the trunk of a tree with be at the same height 200 years later.

The nail will not move up the tree as it grows.

2013-04-22 02:33:01 PM  
1 vote:
While I like the idea of the big trees, wouldn't faster growing trees be a better option? Part of the reason the trees live so long is because they grow slowly.

So wouldn't you want to use something that gets to a good size in 20 years rather than 200?
2013-04-22 02:28:26 PM  
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