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Pityopsis graminifolia

Aster, Grass-Leaved Golden

Pityopsis graminifolia, Aster, Grass-Leaved Golden

Cat# 1053 When we first saw this species where it was the major ground cover along a highway roadside, we thought it was a silvery grass with one foot long leaves. But then were we ever surprised to see the 2 inch clusters of bright golden yellow daisy-like flowers on 21/2 foot stems in late summer! This Golden Aster can be very useful. It is a tough, vigorous, evergreen groundcover for sunny dry places. Although it has silvery leaves, it retains its color and will not melt out in our typical muggy August. Then we're rewarded with colorful flowers from late summer into fall. Cut back old foliage in spring as the new growth emerges. To prevent flopping, keep soil lean and mean! This one is a sleeper.

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- Where to begin?First i am Disgusted by your disingenuous use of the Wisemans View video beasuce Linville gorge will not look like this if or when you suceed in destroying it. Hikers, fishermen, climbers and hunters and all wildlife will face a chared landscape. If you want to offer a picture of Linville Gorge, why not have the integrity to show what it will look like after you finish ruining it. There have been a few large fires in the LGW since 2000 and maybe your membership would like to see what it looks like a few years later ill be glad to supply several photos for your consideration. Your terribly distorted views of the concept of trammeling are illustrated by the proposal of the US Forest Service to drop fire on the Gorge by helicopter and THIS you believe is restoring the balence of the natural fire cycle? You dream.Lets take a look at your document above;You say there were 17 recorded NATURAL fires recorded by the USFS between 1955 and 1985 Did the USFS stop keeping records or did you just cherry pick the interval? Would the data after 1985 give a different conclusion?The point is made that lightening will cause fire, that the LGW gets more lightning than other places and that it is not a matter of IF the LGW will burn but rather WHEN. I agree. Note here that the incidence of UNNATURAL fire ( man made) has conveniently been ignored in your discussion. Why was it left out? The vast majority of fires both in LGW and outside of it are UNNATURAL. Fire would occur in Linville Gorge if lightening DID NOT EVEN EXIST.. Natural ( lightening) fires are not really the issue beasuce in ANY kind of fire, Natural or Unnatural , the USFS is required to supress it. The LGW is long and narrow, its sides are steep and fire does not stop to recognize a Wilderness Boundary. The USFS is responsable whether they want to be or not simply to protect the adjacent private property. They would be sued if they didnt. So lets stop fooling ourselves with false issues.Now with, i count, 4 major LGW fires in recent years just how much MORE of the Gorge has to burn BEFORE we reach the magic point of so-called RESTORATION.? Can anyone give me an estimate here? I would guestimate that as muchas 40 % of the Gorge has ALREADY burned and submit that we are well past this undefined point. Ill go out on a limb here and suggest that there IS no science currently available that can tell us where this point is. What science there is, is honest but weak. We should not rush into a drastic and radical fix' based on science stretched thin to the breaking point. If anything we should be supressing fires more quickly and for the foreseeable future and not attempt to destroy a supposedly unnatural forest by even more UNNATURAL means. The Linville Wilderness is quite natural As It Is- Thank You but i can not say the same about some of you.Im sure you are aware that the USFS has suffered cutbacks in funding. The cost of containing the LGW fires since 2000 is in the millions (?). Fire crews have to be flown in from western states, bulldozers have established firelines, Airplanes have scooped water from lake James and these good folks have to be housed and fed is not cheap. And to prevent the build up of flammables and avoid future catastrophic fires, the USFS has abandoned the Wilderness Act of 1964 and proposed preemptive burns to the ground- three times until there is no fuel ( and incidently ,no forest) left. Talk about overkill! I think that is the central core of this whole proposal: it is a long term plan to lessen or avoid catastrophic fire..and on this issue alone, it makes sense. If the USFS had the integrity to stick ONLY to this talking point, i might consider them credible. For the past decade of so the USFS has supported a program to Restore' the Peregrine Falcon to the Linville Gorge Whatever happende to that effort?Instead we find other issues like the endangered species, the invasive species, the hemlock disease all worthwhile but now crammed in to legitimize in the public mind the idea that the USFS supports NATURE. They do Not. It is an ugly, disasterously thoughtless and heavy handed proposal and you people should have known better! SUCKERS. Bob Underwood