Author Topic: If they are losing, does that make them losers?  (Read 118 times)

Doug K

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And once again it's those nasty little details that mess up everything... like the word clear-cut.

Seems there are a few definitions that come into play, and that may be what has this crew on Facebook all up in arms once again. You see clear-cut can be a noun, a verb, or even an adjective. It's all available, just have to read.




And as you see if clear-cut is used as a Noun or Verb it would also depends on what would constitutes a "forest"... right?





So I guess technically the canal embankments could be considered "forests" but it really doesn't fit well.

Most times the tract of land called a forest, is well defined and continuous. Canal Embankments covered with invasive vegetation are not.

In most cases the optimum word in clear-cutting is trees. Trees are taken and sold, end of story. No filling of rodent holes, no stumps removed, and earthen dams repaired. No plan to manage, maintain, inspect or mow grass after trees are cleared... just hit and run. No need to reach out to the community, no plan for barrier planting, that is why the Canal Corporation chose NOT to 'clear-cut" ...by definition.

And if the Erie Canal was considered a "forest" then why didn't the Federal Government say so when they named the area in 2000.

That's when the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor came into being...

Why didn't they chose National Heritage Forest? Maybe be cause it was about the history, not the trees. Maybe it was about the unique methods of travel, not blackberry bushes and knotweed. It's not like there wasn't a precedence... there are 154 National Forests already, including on in NY State.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/gmfl/about-forest

So why didn't the US Federal Government recognize this Canal System as a forest? Maybe because it's not really a forest, it's not even a well managed system of earthen embankment dams. But it's getting there slowly, and nothing this Facebook group can say will change that.

How can I make this statement, you ask?


Because of the simple fact that the Canal Corporation has used the ADJECTIVE form of "clear-cut" throughout their entire effort to help save the Erie Canal, and make it safe once again.





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