Forest Regeneration Research Used in Letter to the WSJ Editor

Last weekend’s (November 3-4) edition of the Wall Street Journal had a 2-page article”America Gone Wild” by author Jim Sterba. The article was an extract from Mr. Sterba’s forthcoming (November 13th release) book “Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds” detailing the conflicts that have arisen in the Northeast over the last couple of decades when expanding suburbs have run into similarly expanding forest land and their concomitant wildlife denizens.

Jerry Michael, a MFO and CCE Broome (former) board president, noted the article didn’t mention the impacts of wildlife on forests and wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal that references Cornell University research on forester perceptions of forest regeneration problems.

NYFOA is launching the celebration of their 50th Anniversary (2013) with a “Restore NY Woodlands” (RNYW) initiative which highlights the need to aggressively restore and regenerate NY’s degraded (or on such a trajectory) woodlands.  Managing barriers to the regeneration of NY forests, such as deer and interfering vegetation, are central to this initiative.

Click here to see the letter sent by Jerry Michael in the name of NYFOA.



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