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At Afton's Belwin Conservancy, pines cleared to restore rolling prairie in St. Croix Valley

There are 61 comments on the story from Apr 17, 2011, titled At Afton's Belwin Conservancy, pines cleared to restore rolling prairie in St. Croix Valley. In it, reports that:

Belwin Conservancy official Ned Phillips walks along a ridge at a previous Belwin restoration site, 85.2 acres of endangered oak savanna in the Lake Edith Natural Area.

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#66 Apr 21, 2011
mncode wrote:
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So your stand on the environment is that we should never undo to the environment that which we have done to the environment?
Someone planted those trees to fill a purpose at one time. They are no longer needed and now they have been taken down by someone.
What is the problem?
Exactly. I'd say the original purpose of those pines, as ignorantly applied as it may have been, has been served. The trees were on private property in what has historically(and prehistorically) been a prairie. Nothing has been harmed and much will be greatly improved by Belwin's projects. The whinging we've seen here and see whenever a tree is cut down is related to a naive environmental ethic that any tree anywhere is good no matter what it shades out or kills off and ignores the de facto legal status of the property in question. This is NOT a rainforest where the expressions of concern over cutting might actually be merited(if the trees were native). Would that the jokers here that crawled out of the woodwork to complain about this conservation project would bitch every time a development destroys a wetland, woodland, prairie or oak savanna.

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