Traffic in plants and plant seeds

Doug Yanega dyanega at
Sun Sep 20 10:46:35 EDT 1998

>In regards to the monarch butterfly situation in Pacific Grove,
>California, it appears that Ann Kilmer, Liz Day, Doug Yanega and Ken
>Phelep have all voted AGAINST planting eucaltyptus there to maintain the
>monarch butterfly habitat.
>Am I correct in concluding that given the choice between planting
>eucalyptus or allowing the monarch habitat to wither away,  you all
>would vote for the latter?
>I am not trying to be sarcastic here---this is truly the actual
>situation facing decision makers in Pacific Grove right now.

See Liz' and Ken's comments on this - I'm entirely with them. If you've got
native plants other than those particular pines that will grow there, go
with it and make a point of reminding people that eucalyptus doesn't belong
in California in the first place. You want to see some eucalyptus-related
tragedy, come to Brazil and see how much of the Atlantic Forest was
destroyed to start eucalyptus plantations, just to produce charcoal. Only a
few thousand species extinct in the process, no big deal. Cheap, abundant
charcoal is worth it, right?


Doug Yanega    Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,
Univ. Fed. de Minas Gerais, Cx.P. 486, 30.161-970 Belo Horizonte, MG   BRAZIL
phone: 31-499-2579, fax: 31-499-2567  (from U.S., prefix 011-55)
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        is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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