Cyrus Harp 
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Re: “Is UC Berkeley's Plan to Cut Down 54,000 Trees Necessary?

It is impossible to eradicate eucalyptus (or monterey pines) since their seeds already coat the east bay hills, reaching down deep into the soil.

The efforts required to even temporarily decimate their population, what with clear-cutting vast groves, use of thousands of gallons of herbicide, severe soil disturbance, erosion suffocating streams, etc., will wreak havoc on the local ecosystems, viciously slaughtering the innumerable birds, butterflies, and furry creatures that live in the eucalyptus forests.

Besides, fires can still burn in the "native" forests. True, eucalyptus trees have more flammable bark and fallen wood/leaves, but these traits were actually adapted in Australia to survive regular, low intensity fires.

Virtually all forests in California, and indeed the USA, were regularly burned by Indians for ten thousand years. Our recent prohibition of this controlled burning is the main cause of the severe, uncontrollable fires we have seen in the last century, not "invasive" eucalyptus trees.

Was not every species, including us, "invasive" at some point?

It's hard to find a eucalyptus leaf not full of holes left by little herbivores. Like it or not, the eucalyptus is here to stay, and we should learn to love it as the other animals clearly are.

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Posted by Cyrus Harp on 10/31/2013 at 12:35 PM

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