I'm not saying the the dead and decaying wood didn't contribute to the insect flourishing, but there's more than just a 'Save the Dead Tree' program to blame. That's like saying the grackles are the only birds that shit on your fields.<quoted text> We not only cut the cull trees for firewood. We sawmilled. someone in the family has always owned a small sawmill. I myself own a Bellsaw M14 one man sawmill. Any way we sawmilled the oak into grade lumber to be sold to the wood flooring compaines & picture frame company. They graded hard And every single board was inspected for defects such a boer damage. Any RR tie would be culled if it had insect damage. So Im here to tell you I would have noticed boer damage if it was present back during the day. Of course we cut on private land and the landowners would all get together and burn off all the woods & fields every spring. And as stated before dead & cull trees where cut for firewood. The Bower flourished on the goverment land where they immediately put out all fires and left dead trees standing and the forest littered with dead decaying wood & leaves. The bower only reciently invaded the privately owned land.Your simply a narrow minded tunnell visioned bird brain twit. Typical yankee Know it All
You can think what you want of me, but this Yankee know it all bird brain twit actually has her degree in Landscape Horticulture.
AND...... I am the first one to defend wildfires in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity! I actually like butterflies as well as birds. The wildflowers that appear after a fire attracts SO MANY butterflies!
Look up Kirtlands Warbler. That's a good example of a species that would not be here now if it weren't for fire.