The US Forest Service reports that due to a mild winter and
over population of certain species of trees in the Alleghenies, a timber
sale is needed to reduce the risk of infestation of what is now known as the
treekisser. John Palmer, the US Forest Supervisor is quoted as saying “The
treekisser population is growing at an alarming rate. We do hope the new
East Side Project we remove most of the host. Clear cutting and fencing
along with a herbicide treatment (to kill plants above and below ground) may
do the trick. One thing for sure these Treekissers do not like grass
planted in the forest and roads. "We are very concerned that the Treekisser
will take over the entire National Forest. Its something like that dang
Tree Hugger infestation”
A TREE HUGGER
The treekisser is very similar to the Tree ugger. One specific difference between a Tree Hugger and a Treekisser, to tell them apart, is the Treehugger will use his or her arms and parts other than the head to attack the tree. The treekisser, leans forward until there is lip contact with ecosystems of microorganisms, that live on the outer bark, the phellem, and precedes to kiss. A kiss from a kisser can last from several seconds to as long as 24 hours. I.e., according to one source. No one really knows for shore.
TREE TOUCHERS in Portsmouth NH USA. Learning about trees based on correct information. In the history of mankind never has such correct information been available to humans interested. Also in the history of mankind have so many people talked so much about something they know so little about. Their environmant. BUT NOT THESE LEARNERS AND EARNERS. Many are BOONITES.
Environmentalist are quoted as saying “Treekissers and Huggers, as well as Tree Touchers are not a harm to the entire system, i.e., just by the act. In certain cases a Tree Hugger, could hug a tree to death, however that is more the exception than the rule and would not harm the ecosystem. I.e., if the wood is not removed. Trees that no longer are growing, building up, not maintaining a symplast, have a way of creating homes for wildlife in these cases which use symplastless trees. I.e., just for starters. One thing to understand is that the Kissers are not cutting the wood out of the once fertile forest. Certain studies have shown, that through bacteria and such there may be more of a positive connection, or synergistic connection between the Treekisser and the tree, than what has been previously reported by the Forest Service. [Phytopathology 54: 250-278; 1964 Bier, J.E. The Relation of some bark factors to canker susceptibility.] One thing for sure, the US FOREST SERVICE, does not need to log to control Treekissers. This is just another excuse to log. When actually the fragmentation, herbicides, roads and clear cuts disturb habitat for these wonderful creatures". Trees are a NON-RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE. The kissers have a website addressing the untold story as to what logging is on Federal Public Land.
Treekissers are seldom caught on film.
Above was created in late 1990's.
They can be placed in three categories.
1. A Tree Hugger believes in not cutting trees, even in cases where the tree poses a high risk of hazard. However, too often I have witnessed their desire to remove trees and wood, from the ecosystem, where the trees have buildup and have begun to break down, and release the energy back to the soil and act as a serious water reservoir, for trees and associates, during dry times. They believe somehow trees are only of value to trees, and others around them, while they are building up. Lack of understanding of TREE BIOLOGY.
2. A Tree Toucher - A person studying TREE BIOLOGY, reading Modern Arboriculture may be temped to remove some wood while they are learning.
3. The Treekissers are more into the act of kissing then destroying ecosystems by removing wood.
2019 update and more information on the Treekisser and the outer bark of trees they tend to kiss.
Dr. Alex L. Shigo worked with others and wounded 15,000 trees isolating hundreds of thousand microorganisms successionary on fresh wound surfaces. They then mapped them in a mapping room. Then the biggest thing is "they identified the hundreds of thousands of microorganisms. I.e., with electron microscopes. Now, since Dr. Alex L. Shigo stoped doing that type of research no one else has continued. Primarily due to fact that no one on Earth can identify the microorganisms. Very little research has been done on the ecosystems of microorganisms that live on outer bark of trees. Very little is known and that is where we remain. No one will be able to conduct such extensive research due to lack of identification skills. The biggest thing when wood is removed, is that the moisture regime is gravely altered. In fact George Hepting reported in "Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees of United States", 1971 that if you went to an area that hemlocks are doing well [old growth], removed a small amount of wood, the hemlocks will die prematurely as the water regime is altered so much. POST LOGGING DECADENCE. Same basic research Shigo worked on.
SO SAD theses features of a system which represents GOOD HEALTH CARE for humans, destroyed.
THE VALUE OF TREES
Now in USA in 2019 we have a President, Donald J. Trump, who has been captured in film as a flag hugger and kisser. Respectfully I'll leave that for him to define and address.
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