“Historic photos of the region show coastal shrubs, oaks on the foothills and sycamores along streams and rivers,” he said. “Yet, we planted way too many trees from areas that get two to three times as much rain as we do.”'
What may be worrying is if these drought-stressed trees are cultivating an artificially high population of pests that will then put added stress on the sustainable population of native drought-tolerant trees.
I've done this in areas on my property and in two years I can already see new clovers outcompeting old cactus.
> There will be no miraculous recovery of these urban ecosystems after the beetles are done with them.
> ...If we cannot control the shot hole borer, it will kill all the sycamores in California.
Sounds like the sensible way to me.
I grant that we talk about very different ecosystems but we should not forget that both Redwood species are exclusive from this area.
We need to develop an ecologically aware definition of quality of living, rather than one that prioritizes extracting value for humans from a supposedly separate source of natural resources.
I have high doubts that you could spend the whole DoD budget productively.
Meanwhile, it would also:
- Remove spending equivalent to 3.5% of US GDP, causing a recession.
- Create a power vacuum that nations would war over as they rushed to fill it.
1. There is a tree problem.
2. Muni orders some sort of study after the problem has become unassailable.
3. Arborist performs a study, finds lack of naturalized species, lack of diversity, lack of appropriately spaced trees.
4. Muni throws their hands up in the air because money and keeps doing the wrong things.