What are the effects of dogwood anthracnose?
• The replanting of trees should be mandatory with good, hardwood trees, not with pine or other softwood trees. • Please address the function of the Dogwood tree in it’s role as a first successional calcium provider for pursuant forest growth and health. With the loss of a species, like the Dogwood, how might we expect the remaining forest to function or to fill the gap of this loss? How soon might we see the return of Dogwoods in healthy condition, to pre-acid rain levels of understory development? • Address the USFS study of yellow pine growth in the Southeast showing a 50% decline in growth rates from acidification and nutrient consumption. What are the implications of this acidification, on soil ecosystems, beneficial fungi, plant communities, projected growth rates of plantations, plantation sustainability, native forest health and resiliency, and forest buffering capacity to protect aquatic ecosystems from acidification. • We are going to face a major increase in demand for fores