Succession Forest / Recession Forest: An Old Timer’s Perspective (June 22, 2015)
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OT “The grass, weeds and fireweed gave way to bushes, alders and willow which gave way to paper and smooth birch which finally yielded to a variety of mature spruce. In an area I cleared thirty years ago, the process began anew and today the birch are under challenge from the up and coming spruce. Winters were always 40 or 50 or 60 below zero for weeks at a time. Winters are now only 10 or 20 or 30 below for a week here or a week there. Alder and willow have erupted everywhere and are winning the competition against the birch and the spruce. Passage through the woods is difficult with the new undergrowth. The succession forest has become a recession forest. Things are going backwards. Rainfall has not markedly changed in the last fifty years. Only the average temperatures have changed. That’s all I know.”
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[See the e-commentary at “Grexit”, “GrexEUnt”, Percolating Problems: PIIGS, BRICS, EU, EC, ECB, IMF, NATO, WTO, WAR (February 23, 2015).]
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