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    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
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    Sickening Article

    This article shows true human nature and it really makes me sick.


    Rare Woodpecker Sends a Town Running for Its Chain Saws


    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: September 24, 2006

    BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C., Sept. 23 (AP) — Over the past six months, landowners here have been clear-cutting thousands of trees to keep them from becoming homes for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
    The chain saws started in February, when the federal Fish and Wildlife Service put Boiling Spring Lakes on notice that rapid development threatened to squeeze out the woodpecker.The
    agency issued a map marking 15 active woodpecker “clusters,” and announced it was working on a new one that could potentially designate whole neighborhoods of this town in southeastern North Carolina as protected habitat, subject to more-stringent building restrictions.Hoping
    to beat the mapmakers, landowners swarmed City Hall to apply for lot-clearing permits. Treeless land, after all, would not need to be set aside for woodpeckers. Since February, the city has issued 368 logging permits, a vast majority without accompanying building permits.The
    results can be seen all over town. Along the roadsides, scattered brown bark is all that is left of pine stands. Mayor Joan Kinney has watched with dismay as waterfront lots across from her home on Big Lake have been stripped down to sandy wasteland.
    “It’s ruined the beauty of our city,” Ms. Kinney said. To stop the rash of cutting, city commissioners have proposed a one-year moratorium on lot-clearing permits.The
    red-cockaded woodpecker was once abundant in the vast longleaf pine forests that stretched from New Jersey to Florida, but now numbers as few as 15,000. The bird is unusual among North American woodpeckers because it nests exclusively in living trees.
    In a quirk of history, human activity has made this town of about 4,100 almost irresistible to the bird.Long
    before there was a town, locals carved V-shaped notches in the pines, collecting the sap in buckets to make turpentine. These wounds allowed fungus to infiltrate the tree’s core, making it easier for the woodpecker to excavate its nest hole and probe for the beetles, spiders and wood-boring insects it prefers.
    “And, voilà! You have a perfect woodpecker habitat,” said Dan Bell, project director for the Nature Conservancy in nearby Wilmington.The
    woodpecker gouges a series of holes around the tree, creating “sap runs” to discourage the egg-gobbling black snake, the bird’s chief enemy. Because it can take up to six years to excavate a single nest hole, the birds fiercely defend their territory, said Susan Miller, a biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service. “They’re passed from generation to generation, because it’s such a major investment in time to create one cavity,” Ms. Miller said.Like
    Like the woodpeckers, humans are also looking to defend their neggs.Bonner
    nner Stiller has been holding on to two wooded half-acre lakefront lots for 23 years. He stripped both lotslongleafleaf pines before the government could issue its new map.
    “They have finally developed a value,” said Mr. Stiller, a Republican member of the state General Assembly. “And then to have that taken away from you?”
    Landowners have overreacted, says Pete Benjamin, supervisor of the federal agency’s Raleoffice.Having
    ving a woodpecker tree on a piece of property does not necessarily mean a house cannot be built there, Mr. Benjamin said. A landowner can even get permission to cut down a cavity tree, as long as an alternative habitat can be found.
    “For the most part, we’ve found ways to work with most folks,” he said.



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    I swear to GOD that I saw one of those on our deck a week a go. It looked JUST like the pictures from google images, identical! It's not supposed to be native to N. ga though

    Looked just like this. http://a1410.g.akamai.net/f/1410/163.../BD0435_1l.jpg

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    I looked up that Bonner Stiller, the General Assmbly member quoted about his land in the article. A Conservation Council of the North Carolina website called him an environmental champion and said, "Several freshmen legislators such as . . . Rep. Bonner Stiller (R-New Hanover) are already exercising effective leadership by sponsoring pro-environmental bills." According to his General Assembly website, he lives on E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island, NC, so his standard of living is probably secure even if his real estate speculation nets him a less money. Maybe he is an environmental champion relative to other politicians, but too many people think environmental protection is all about telling other people what they have to do or can't do. It has to begin at home and he fails the test.
    Bruce in CT

    Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

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    I know the Bonner thing surprised me. I voted for him in the last election because he was the only politician fighting the landfills that they are trying to build here. He may just get a letter for me.

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    Wow that's horrible! Those poor birds Hey JLAP that would be cool if it was that bird you saw. Maybe they're all going to GA now
    Great Googly Moogly!

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    RAISE THEIR TAXES! RAISE THEM SKY HIGH! Only land that is tax deductable has 5 or more pines!
    that makes no logic

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    IM not sure I understand what is going on here. THey cut down trees to discourage the woodpeckers? Why Can someone summarize what is going on, not a very well written article.

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    To make it as simple as I can. The woodpeckers are federally listed, so if they are found nesting on your property, you can't disturb them.

    People cut down all their trees so that they wouldn't be found on their property.

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