P80112++There will be no more updates after this last one for the dead box elders that had been leaning onto the historic Felton Covered Bridge. ( https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/135014809/posts/747 ) They are gone. A pile of logs and some debris are all that remain.

Because the area is a protected riparian zone, the remaining debris and logs may have been left there intentionally, as an important component to the ecosystem. Nearby dead trunks that will not reach the Bridge when they fall also remain, as well as many other larger dead box elders several yards upstream.

For now, the Felton Covered Bridge is reasonably safe from falling trees.

We can only hope it stays that way.

Environmentalism has a way of complicating things.

Environmentalism should be more concerned with prioritizing the natural ecosystem than preserving vegetation that is interfering with it. Much of the exotic (non-native) underbrush and even a few exotic trees should be eliminated to allow at least some of the displaced native vegetation to recover. Where necessary and appropriate, environmentalism must also make accommodations for safety within an innately hazardous natural setting that happens to be very accessible to the public. More of the dead box elders should be removed or at least cut down to reduce the risk of falling limbs to those visiting the adjacent Felton Covered Bridge Park.

Preservation of assets like the historic Felton Covered Bridge is also important. Trees that are likely to damage the bridge should not be salvaged merely because they are within the protected riparian zone. Because the Felton Covered Bridge is such a landmark for tourists, the view of the Bridge is an important asset as well. Vegetation that would obscure this view should therefore be managed, so that it does not eventually obscure the view as it regenerates within the area vacated by the now absent box elders. There is nothing unnatural about open spaces. Old photographs demonstrate how visible the Felton Covered Bridge had been in the past, and how the flood of 1982 eliminated much of the obscuring vegetation within the riparian zone in a very natural way.

In many situations, planting new trees to replace those that are now gone is actually more unnatural than natural. It certainly does not contribute to the efficiency of a natural ecosystem. The installation of new sycamores, coast lives oaks and bay trees adjacent to the nearby Graham Hill Road Bridge are superfluous to new tree seedlings that appeared naturally in the area vacated by fallen box elders. They were planted with soil amendment, fertilizer and a synthetic polymer gel to retain moisture, and then protected from deer with stakes and mesh cages. They require unnatural supplemental irrigation until they get established, and are so close to each other and other trees, that they will become an unnaturally crowded thicket as they mature. There is nothing natural about such installations!

Nor are such installations inexpensive! They require resources that could be more responsibly allocated to more practical projects.

Environmentalism is another one of those very important concepts that has been compromised by extremism.P80112+++04

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14 thoughts on “Anti-‘Environmentalism’

  1. Hi Tony, Nice post.
    I noticed a comment you made on Susan Rushton’s blog about a painted horse head hitching post. You mentioned it was possibly made at a foundry in Alviso. Was this in Alviso, CA? I live in the SF Bay Area and wrote a post this week about the Bayside Canning Company in Alviso. Small world.
    Donna

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    1. Oh my! Was that Mr. Chen’s cannery on Hope Street? I remember the name I think. It seems like the facade was still there, but I do not remember. I have not been to Alviso in years. When I was thee last, the foundry was abandoned, but still there behind Vahl’s.

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      1. Bayside Canning Co. is the one on Hope Street. It was founded by Thomas Chew. I’ll look for the foundry next time I’m in Alviso. I pass through the town periodically to walk the trails at Alviso Country Park.

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      2. It is on ElDorado Street, backing up to Gold Street, right behind Vahl’s. It is not much to see. However, if you see the old historic pictures one of the old floods, my great grandparents and a few neighbors can be seen leaving by boat, with Bayshore Foundry in the background.

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  2. That bridge is beautiful. We have covered bridges here in Pa. One really nice one is just 6 miles out in the country from me. I go out there to a bent and dent store run by Amish people, and sometimes go a little out of my way to drive over the bridge, just to enjoy the beauty and history of it.

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      1. There aren’t as many around Pa as there used to be, cos they’re difficult to maintain and no longer really necessary. But they are historic and townships, etc, tend to keep them in good shape and preserve them. Wooden bridges are a thing of the past.

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  3. I’m surprised that the movement is to protect invasives. While I certainly know “environmentalists” with little understanding of the importances of native flora and fauna, most of the professionals I’ve met, or the (primarily) governmental institutions here in Texas give (at minimum) lip service to removing, or discouraging, invasives in favor of natives.

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