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Rare Woodpecker Sends Town Running for Chain Saws

Environment  (tags: Woodpecker, Clear Cutting )

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Landowners in a small N. Carolina town have been clear-cutting thousands of trees to keep them from becoming homes for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Read article and vote to end release of permits for tree slaughter in the area.


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Julia S (41)
Sunday September 24, 2006, 12:56 pm
This article enraged me. What is most distressing is how land owners are cutting thousands of trees unecessarily in anticipation of a new law which protects the rare woodpecker's dwellings. Having a woodpecker tree on a piece of property does not necessarily mean a house cannot be built there, according to the article. A landowner can even get permission to cut down a cavity tree, as long as an alternative habitat can be found. It really shows how individuals can make ignorant and destructive choices sometimes.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday September 24, 2006, 10:43 pm
VOTE NO MORE CLEARCUTTING! There is a place to vote at the end of the article. So far, 75% say Don't issue any more permits! Let's make it even higher!

Harlee Watson (125)
Monday September 25, 2006, 12:23 am
How sad that personal profit is yet again more important than the good of all - how lovely to have woodpeckers nesting in *your on back yard* one of the advantages and reasons, I would have thought, of living in a rural area is to enjoy the wildlife.

Charles M (22)
Monday September 25, 2006, 12:34 am
How about if we start handing out awards for these sort of towns? Select awards and dishonorable mentions such as, "KEEP AMERICA UGLY", "CRAP ACROSS AMERICA", "NO TREE LEFT BEHIND","CESSPOOL AMERICA" . Plaques made out of trash come to mind.

Marjorie M (81)
Monday September 25, 2006, 12:38 am
How much stupidity can be concentrated in one place? Sounds like the White House Foreign Policy of destroy the conditions for living and they will go.....

Alita D (6)
Monday September 25, 2006, 2:13 am

Dorothy T (27)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:30 am
I hope these woodpeckers start drilling holes in the houses .Just goes to show that some people only care about themselves and don't give a damn about the destruction they do to nature.What a lovely town that must be to live in.With the number of birds that are near extinction I am very angry that this clearing of trees was allowed to happen to begin with.

Linda J (160)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:39 am
this is so sad thepoor woodpeckers. maybe they should start pecking at there stupid heads maybe that would stop them from cutting down all the trees, God Bless Love and Hugs Linda and God Bless Our Troops

Crystal D (232)
Monday September 25, 2006, 5:09 am
I'm actually shocked. I Know I shouldn't be. People tend to look after there own best intrests... Or what they think may be. This article helps us see, we need a new bill in place, to keep this from happening again. Of course if it where up to me, there would be no clear cutting, or very little of it anyway. I am lucky enough to have a few of these woodpeckers come visit in my backyard, along with the Red-Breasted Wooodpecker. I love watching them. ...I did vote on AOL poll... But what can we do to prevent this in the future? Any ideas besides preposing a new bill?

Billye Thompson (386)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:08 am

People are stupid!

Charles Lamb (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:18 am
Truly, this type of behaviour "moggles the bind." As someone contributed before me, how can there be such stupidity concentrated in one area? My friend, I am sorry to tell you but this is not a localized outbreak of purported normal humans acting like knuckle dragging mouth breathers.

Here in Canada where we are so quick to congratulate ourselve on our forward thinking (and sometimes supposed superiority to the U.S.) but we actually produce more garbage per captia than the U.S.

Sorry if that sounds like a backhanded swipe, it is not, it is just used to point out the hypocrisy of a country that prides itself on its green stance while playing fast and loose with its environment.

One would think, given how Canada had the opportunity of watching the U.S. develop and the problems it had with industrialization, it would be a little wiser with its own development.

No no no, that would be too much like planning and thinking. We mustn't do that and "curb" big business. Those fine chaps that drive our economy forward.

I am at a profound loss as to how a town, county or area knowing that a species is endangered can actually not one or two but multiple permits for the destruction of habitat for an endangered specie. Did these fools misread what was "invading" their area as "reds" and not red-cockaded woodpeckers? Something here are definitely woodpeckers and it isn't the birds. Hmmpf.

Joe W (3)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:23 am
I have said it before and I will say it again............IDIOTS!

Paul Torrence (1)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:27 am
A terrible sickness is upon us when greed always wins the day! How small these people are.

Sandra W (42)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:27 am
It really makes me wonder if saving the world from greedy people is a lost cause...Their ignorance is mind blowing...

Billye Thompson (386)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:32 am

Do you think the city will pay any attention at all to this poll? I doubt it! ~

What do you think the city should do?

Stop issuing lot-clearing permits 75%

Continue issuing lot-clearing permits 25%

Total Votes: 42,812

Past Member (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:01 am
Sounds like some heads in NC would make perfect habitat for woodpeckers!== Still living but sick and easy to drill into.

Melinda Fulk (2)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:18 am
If it weren't so sad, it would be truly funny. All those people panicing and in many ways de-valuing their land because they're stripping it bare, when they really don't need to.

Margaret B (164)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:22 am
There are two issues here that concern me, one trying to kill off and endangered species and the unecessary cutting of trees! Profit over life, gee isn't progress wonderful. Personally I detest progress as it is today!

Mari 's (1356)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:42 am
I hope Mother Nature Kicks their butts! I am SOOO Angree! This is just an outrage! Not just outraged but deeply disturbed over how stupid & down right DUMB some human species are it's just sickening! A new law should be in place & we should have some type of system where Forests can be watched & monitored by computers. The Troops should be sent off to stop robbers such as this NOT in a War. These people should be in jail as far as I am concered. But then again only the future will show how Mother Nature will judge them. I hope she sends back what they have sent out! Why is it some people can not just keep their GREEDY paws OFF?! They destroy everything as if they can't even help it or are just mentaly limited in thinking.

Cynthia Anderson (1)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:49 am
What is going to be the next thing? Banning babies because they cry, children because they make noise when they play, dogs and cats that poop in their yard, neighbors that talk a little too loud, etc.? People "WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE" !!!

Jeanne L (56)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:52 am
As so often happens, ignorance and greed runs amuck.

Shannon Behric (33)
Monday September 25, 2006, 8:14 am
This is really sad! I don't understand why people can't just let nature's beautiful creatures live in peace. Eventually, when there are no animals left on earth, no trees left to cut, and we are left with nothing but a barren wasteland, they will realize what they have done. But then, it will be too late!

Lil Judd (70)
Monday September 25, 2006, 8:21 am
Insane - people have NO brains sometimes....

Sandra H (16)
Monday September 25, 2006, 8:28 am
What a bunch of jackasses, to deliberately destroy the birds natural habitat!

Holly J (6)
Monday September 25, 2006, 8:39 am
This is just plain SICK!!! There are times when I really despise being human!! This is definely one of those times!!!

Chrysette K (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 9:05 am
It is surprising how greedy and ignorant people are. Even educating people about the environment and the effects of their rash decisions will not help as it seems like they're too dumb to take it all in.

Beth Tatum (95)
Monday September 25, 2006, 9:13 am
I've never heard of anything so ridiculous! What is wrong with these people? Enough trees are being cut down for other reasons. To cut them down just to keep birds from nesting? That is insane! When will we ever learn that we must protect out wildlife, not destroy it? At least the city has put a stop to the clear cutting for a year, maybe in that time someone will realize that cutting the trees down is really, really stupid! Kind of like "cutting off your nose to spite your face". WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!

Beth Tatum (95)
Monday September 25, 2006, 9:13 am
I've never heard of anything so ridiculous! What is wrong with these people? Enough trees are being cut down for other reasons. To cut them down just to keep birds from nesting? That is insane! When will we ever learn that we must protect out wildlife, not destroy it? At least the city has put a stop to the clear cutting for a year, maybe in that time someone will realize that cutting the trees down is really, really stupid! Kind of like "cutting off your nose to spite your face". WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!

Colleen Stadnick (131)
Monday September 25, 2006, 9:26 am
What a total waste of money and resources. These bureaucrats who authorized this must be brain dead! Killing trees to keep the woodpeckers away? Absolutely ridiculous. I hope who ever is responsible for this decision is voted out of office! Dayam!!!

carol c (173)
Monday September 25, 2006, 10:12 am
what is WRONG with these people? what a GIFT to have an endangered bird sharing your land!
well, i guess if you can't go to home depot & buy everything you need to build your home 4 times bigger
so you can watch tv in every room, it is reason to kill off every bird you can find!

Larry S (645)
Monday September 25, 2006, 10:12 am
Once again the greedy show their ugly heads. Remember, when you are done killing off God's creations, you will also be killing off yourself. Everything is connected, it's not your decision to make something become extinct, just for your self centered ways, in the name of one of the most evil things, money.

Marjorie M (81)
Monday September 25, 2006, 10:28 am
THINKING ERRORS....THE DUMBING DOWN of AMERICA. . TRICKLE DOWN THEORY......LEAD BY EXAMPLE Have Americans become so fearful of terrorist attacks by woodpeckers that they destroy their own environment?

Celeste F (50)
Monday September 25, 2006, 10:35 am
I'm dumbfounded.......

Maria W (48)
Monday September 25, 2006, 10:49 am
This makes me sick! People are so stupid and thoughtless. It's pathetic and sad that people are more concerned about building (gag) on their beautiful wilderness land - and making more money by ripping other people off - than they are about a beautiful and endangered bird. I hope that when they have ugly buildings on bare dirt lots that the property value goes down to zero.

I love Chuck D's idea: "How about if we start handing out awards for these sort of towns? Select awards and dishonorable mentions such as, "KEEP AMERICA UGLY", "CRAP ACROSS AMERICA", "NO TREE LEFT BEHIND","CESSPOOL AMERICA" . Plaques made out of trash come to mind."

Maria W (48)
Monday September 25, 2006, 10:50 am
Sorry, Chuck M, not D! I was fuming over woodpeckers and got confused!

Jean M (51)
Monday September 25, 2006, 11:02 am
We have so many birds that are practically extinct; and look what one idiiot group of people do...someone needs to write a letter of complaint to that governor...or atleast to the company doing the cutting...what a waste....clear cutting doesn't help the land, the animals, nor raise the worth of the land either... have to agree with Chuck M and Maria W....

Charity B (23)
Monday September 25, 2006, 11:22 am
Let us hope that town gets a double dose of misery: a hurricane that spawns tornadoes. HAHAHAHAHA! DUMBASSES!

David Enevoldsen (1)
Monday September 25, 2006, 11:37 am
Seeing this wretched and shameful human greed alive and well as ever is not the way I wanted to start my week. To think that such naked exploitation is given official blessing makes it even worse. Proof yet again that too many of us are unworthy of being residents on such a beautiful planet...amazing it has tolerated us for this long!

Carmen Elisa Bonilla-Jones (1)
Monday September 25, 2006, 11:49 am
When the floods begin because all the watershed has been destroyed and the homes are standing 3 feet in water do not ask me to send you money because you chose to cut down all your trees instead of working with the environment.

Christina G (18)
Monday September 25, 2006, 2:37 pm
Greed is going to kill us all! God help us all!!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 2:40 pm
I guess 'they showed us'. Apparently those people did as much in-breeding as possible before laws could take in effect, as well.


Rachel Weaver (91)
Monday September 25, 2006, 2:44 pm
I wish I could cut up those human's homes.

Tim D (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 3:13 pm
Brainstorm: can we finally agree now on a test location for 'dinvine strake?'

Dale Must (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 3:43 pm
The people in that town have one thing in common :INSANITY! When the sun's rays turn the interior of the house into an inferno. Even with airconditioning, the ac's will have to work harder to keep them cool. Let's send them a knuckleheads in the news salute

Gillian M (218)
Monday September 25, 2006, 3:51 pm
To me this is typical of the average American, destroy something precious and beautiful that other people might enjoy. It's terrible, a woodpecker might want to nest in a tree somewhere on a piece of land that no-one wants to build on! The motives behind this are greed and selfishness, it's not as if most of these people want to live on the land that they have devastated. By cutting down these trees, it is not only the woodpecker that suffers, it is all the animals, plants & insects that lived in the area.

Christina B (24)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:10 pm
I cannot believe these people... absolutely horrifying.

Crystal D (232)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:13 pm
Points all well taken....Ok People, so your bloods stired!... We aren't any smarter than they are, if we can't come up with a way to put a stop to acts like this... I live as environmentally sound as I can. I try to make sure I help others become aware and nformed... What can we do to help people like this, see why they shouldn't do things like this? What can we do, to help put a Real stop to these type acts??!!!?? Finger pointing and name calling isn't going to work. As we have seen in the past. Anyone got any real ideas to help?

Marjorie M (81)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:17 pm
OCTOBER 5th......LETS START AT THE TOP......While there is still an EARTH and flora and fauna to PROTECT.

Jillian Kallman (5)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:24 pm
Just wait. The cost of clearcutting will dawn on them soon enough. In addition to being ugly, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised is property values go way down as the market gets flooded with people wanting to unload their giant mud lots before the topsoil runs off in the rain. Maybe an upswing in mosquitos from water puddles the ground can no longer absorb, clogging of sewers with runoff dirt, and pH/algae issues in the nearby lakes due to runoff will drive it home. Who knows, maybe the firsthand experience will lead to a few new environmental activists. But then I tend to be an optimist.

The mistake is huge and it is awful, and it really upset me to read what the town has done, but if the goal is to convert people to an environmentally wiser point of view, it is easier to bridge the distance with a hug than a pointed finger. Demonizing the townspeople will not bring the trees back. A teaching moment will open up when people start to regret their actions. Who they listen to in that teaching moment will probably *not* be someone who has screamed at them or wished them bodily harm. People are defensive and not open to change when they're getting attacked.

Charity B (23)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:36 pm
Well, Crystal D. if you have some Elmer's glue, I guess we could try to glue all the trees back together. Other than that, what CAN you do, the trees are already CUT! Therefore, the finger-pointing and name-calling. They need to plant more trees, but they were stupid enough to cut them all down to start with. You are dealing with a town (literally, a WHOLE TOWN) of DUMBASSES!

Crystal D (232)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:51 pm
We can still try to keep this from happening in the future... It makes me angry as well.
(I looked into calling the city for the redbreasted woodpecker, when my brother in law moved next door, about to clear cut his yard. There was nothing I could do.) So this hits close to home for me. If name calling and finger pointing, and being a smarty pants helpes you vent, fine... but, it doesn't do anything else but that. Maybe the human race is a lost cause.... We can look to many different places, and times & cultures.. history repeats itself. I took a course in environmentalism.... It easy to prevent. But creates jobs to clean up after.. It seems no matter the cost! Think about that. Of course the environment should bite them back.. but at all of our expense. No matter how you look at it, in the long run.

Marjorie M (81)
Monday September 25, 2006, 4:56 pm
When George Warmonger Bush uses Nukes on IRAN and throws the ENTIRE EARTH into WAR Turmoil....this little treeless mud patch of North Carolina without woodpeckers won't be the only site of devastation with extinction of ALL life forms. I realize this seems off the topic but in the BIGGER PICTURE it is all interrelated. It's subtle. If it is OK to go demolish an entire country to get rid of Pesky Living Creatures....why not some small town? If the President of the United States can do it, why not townspeople who are threatened by TERRORIST WOODPECKERS how would OCCUPY these townspeoples resources. Those people showed those woodpeckers!!!!!!!!!!!! OCTOBER 5th......Help Save Our Beautiful EARTH

Charity B (23)
Monday September 25, 2006, 5:01 pm
Crystal D., Well, of course, we can try to keep it from happening elsewhere, but this town in North Carolina is lost. I am a member of numerous, over 60, environmental/animal groups, one being The Wilderness Society. However, when I come home from work and find online a whole town of dumbasses that are afraid of a woodpecker, it does help me feel better to vent, so I do. That is why I love C2C. Before I found this site, my husband had to put up with my venting. Now he is happy watching TV, I am happy and I hope, I give (and gain) a little knowledge on my discourses through this website! :) I have 3 different kinds of woodpecker in my yard, along with many other types of birds.

Angela B (39)
Monday September 25, 2006, 5:27 pm
These people have some major issues they need to sort out! Why would you do something this stupid?

Mari 's (1356)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:00 pm
Adopt an AcreŽ

We The People should all get together & help take away as much land as possilbe from Idiots like this & future Idiots before they steal our world & we have nothing left!! We might not be able to save it all but we to gether can try & make a difference!!


Michael Brewster (412)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:29 pm
This is so terrible of these people to even want to cut trees down to prevent having these birds stay around there area. The city needs to stop giving permits for this reason for good.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 6:31 pm
Backwaed ass rednecks!

Rhiannon Myst (602)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:06 pm
Thank you for the enlightening story. Its a shame the things that are really important, the endangered birds and trees are over looked by some who would rather call a culture 'backward a&( rednecks. Sorry this enlightened story was blighted with fooly comments that really don't help..... You did a wonderful job, way to go. And I don't think being southern in NC makes us all backward a*) rednecks, if he only knew! Your story is the most important thing, not name calling labels.

Mozz Erella (0)
Monday September 25, 2006, 7:28 pm
uggh this is so unfair! this should really stop

Marjorie M (81)
Monday September 25, 2006, 11:22 pm
Check out what is happening on October 5

Colleen Stadnick (131)
Tuesday September 26, 2006, 11:33 am
I just went to their town site: and found a Leslie Morgan who is the chairman of the "BOILING SPRING LAKES DIRECTORY

Community Appearance Commission

The COMMUNITY APPEARANCE COMMISSION consists of 7 to 15 members, who are appointed by the Board Of Commissioners for a 4-year term. The primary duty of this commission is to initiate, promote, and assist in the implementation of programs to beautify the city. "

Her e-mail address is I suggest you send an e-mail and express your outrage and indignation as I have! I hope she will hear us! Crystal D. had the right idea when she said that WE need to make it happen, not just point fingers and use namecalling.


Colleen Stadnick (131)
Tuesday September 26, 2006, 11:37 am
P.S. Here is a copy of the e-mail I sent: feel free to use it or amend it with you own words.

Dear Ms. Morgan,
I read an article about how land owners in your town are cutting thousands of trees unnecessarily in anticipation of a new law which protects the rare woodpecker's dwellings. Having a woodpecker tree on a piece of property does not necessarily mean a house cannot be built there, according to the article. A landowner can even get permission to cut down a cavity tree, as long as an alternative habitat can be found. It really shows how individuals can make ignorant and destructive choices sometimes.
What is wrong with this picture? I cannot believe that this is being allowed to happen. Endangering an already endangered species is simply unforgivable! I hope you are the correct person to contact about this rape of the land. Please stop this insanity, or direct me to the person I need to contact about this. I think you should expect a lot of e-mail complaints about this. I heard about this unbelievable action at the network and there are many, many people just as outraged and indignant as I am!
I hope you will take my words to heart. Thank you for your time.

Colleen Stadnick

Crystal D (232)
Wednesday September 27, 2006, 7:49 am
Thank you for posting this information Colleen! It's a start. Much better than doing nothing. We do have a voice and should use it, when we can! If I can contribute any addtional information, I will.
Dear Queen... I came to care2 to make a differance. I don't think it's very helpful to just be angry about situations. It's nice to vent, but gets nothing done. We all are thinking the same things about this act... If we work together we can get lots more done. (I find people are often unaware. If we can help inform those people, who seem to be too busy, maybe overwhelmed with content, or just not interested... thats a lot of the 'battle'. If we can approch these people with information and simple alternatives, we can help them help us with our mission. IE... like the city having a recycling program. All of a sudden people start recycling more. As it's easy to do. No longer are they having to haul it away on their own, when they can. Just a simple example.) I don't have the answers, but together we can do loads more. Something that may not be obvious to me, may be to someone else. So by sharing and working together we are stronger. I learn as I go as well. I get frustrated, same as anyone else.
Hey the comments of anger... What if it was in your town, you just going to sit back and say the whole city/ town is ignorant? Call them names, then what move? If we can curb this from happening now, why not do something!?! If we can do something to prevent it from happening in the future, maybe somewhere near you... why would we not work towards that?
The article being written is a step in the right direction, Colleen's sugestion to write the community board, is a step in the correct direction.... Think we can do more?

Crystal D (232)
Wednesday September 27, 2006, 8:53 am
Majorie What is to happen on Oct. 5? I must have missed it?

Julia S (41)
Wednesday September 27, 2006, 10:29 am
Wow, I am surprised at how much discussion is happening around this article I posted. At first when I started reading the comments, I was disappointed at how I seemed to have stirred up a hate-mongering frenzy. I was SSSOOOO happy to read Crystal's comment saying YES NOW WHAT WILL WE DO. That post really turned this discussion around to what I always intend, which is to inspire people envision what they desire and take positive action. I will email the woman from the beauty board of that town, and thanks to Colleen for coming up with that positive suggestion and example. THIS is what I love about C2C, is how people are willing to take loving actions toward fulfilling their purpose.

Toward that end I have created a group entitled ATTRACTIONISTS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. it's designed to inspire conversation about what we are FOR -- to improve our effectiveness as activists through positive thought and action.

October 5 is a nation wide day of protest against the bush admin

Julia Stege
Sonoma Cty, CA

Celeste F (50)
Wednesday September 27, 2006, 11:23 am
Thank You Julia, I was wondering what Oct. 5th was too.

Charity B (23)
Wednesday September 27, 2006, 12:54 pm
Colleen THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA. Thanks for looking that info up for us!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 28, 2006, 7:27 am
????? What the heck is wrong with people , I voted ,hope everyone does .

Jennie B (14)
Friday September 29, 2006, 10:08 am
I hope these people of rather limited foresight and planning abilities will read all these comments and somehow realize how fortunate individuals feel to have woodpeckers in their own backyards. Perhaps they will see how selfish their own corporate greed is - perhaps not! This is a tragedy - there is nothing blinder than people w/vision who will not see what is right in front of them and ruin the beauty around them for others.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 29, 2006, 4:02 pm
This week, our govt voted to legalize torture.. are we surprised that they legalize the slaughter of some birds? When will this reign of fear cease?.. when we find the courage to stand for OUR Values!! It is going to take more than "clicking" my friends!!

Past Member (0)
Friday September 29, 2006, 4:10 pm
Of all the red necks, the woodpecker is more highly evolved. I'd rather be around woodpeckers than peckerwoods. You people are nuts! You've lost your minds--if you ever had any. I'm outraged that you would cut down trees so that a tiny bird can't have a life and family! You would actually ruin the environment--and when the rains come and you have no erosion control (TREE ROOTS/UNDERGROWTH!), you will not have the savvy to know why--you'll say, "Duhh." Have you not heard that the oxygen we breathe also comes from trees? Have you not read or researched that our oxygen level is depleting from cutting trees all over the world? Will you cut your houses down when the woodpeckers make their home in yours, because you denied them theirs? This is all about greed and power, as usual. You care about nothing but your bank accounts that sub-divisons/contracting provide. You can have BOTH if you manage and plan correctly. Let the birds have life.



Theo M (12)
Friday September 29, 2006, 5:21 pm
Some smart sawmill owner must have convinced the town folk.. just imagine what that baren lakefront lot is worth now... peanuts. So who wins in the end.. not the property owners and certainly not the poor woodpeckers!! What fools!

John Bennett (61)
Friday September 29, 2006, 5:41 pm
Pure stupidity on the townsfolks part for letting this happen.
Then again, we're introducing an anti-age discrimiantion law and loads of old and young people are being sakced jsut ebfore the law comes in. The good of humanity eh?

Lone Star Rick (367)
Friday September 29, 2006, 6:05 pm
This is sheer Idiocy ! How stupid and greedy can some people be ? This just shows the ignorance of some people in thier greed to build. It needs to be stopped.

Inderias Bhatti (5)
Friday September 29, 2006, 8:45 pm
If only more public figures will speak their mind like Rosie has. Bush is the single most evil man on earth today yet most people have the wool pulled over their eyes.
Here is a link of him honoring his God.

Marjorie M (81)
Saturday September 30, 2006, 12:07 am
Inderias, You are correct...... except for the bit "yet most people have the wool pulled over their eyes." This is my opinion only...... the rest of the world....except George W. Bush and his devoute followers and any other miscellaneous clingons.....the rest of us know that he is the biggest Terrorist on this EARTH. An EVIL man, most powerful on Earth, with NO empathy for any living thing (except his own family...maybe). The even scarier part is that he has access to one of the largest stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction on EARTH, at his fingertips (I wonder if their French-tips). More and More Public Figures ARE Speaking their Minds. Keep hope in your heart and do whatever it is that you can do to reverse evildoing. Writing emails as Colleen Stadnick suggested may reverse the tree cutting to keep out endangered woodpeckers............ Make your voice one can read you mind. Vote if you can and encourage others to vote as well. We do not need these Evil Thugs running our country...Vote them all out In November. Thanks Julia for submitting this article!

Rhonda L (24)
Saturday September 30, 2006, 2:02 am
My God! The selfish self-centeredness of people! What utter idiots!!
I agree with Chuck M. These people need a slap in their stupid faces! Perhaps a barrage of insults will make them think about how pathetically idiotic their behaviour is.

Jean buyvoets (14)
Saturday September 30, 2006, 3:09 am
Some people see birds as pests, but the real pests are some people.

Bruce Combs (468)
Saturday September 30, 2006, 2:56 pm
Please see my today's blog on taking action on this topic (I called it an "Alert"!)
Then get busy!
And for more news on BirdersUnited -- an organization I consider an extremely vital one to us -- scroll down quite a ways to find BLOG FOR THE BIRDS! which explains why I feel that way.
Peace, etc., Bruce

Bruce Combs (468)
Saturday September 30, 2006, 3:03 pm
I'm sorry I neglected to thank Julia for letting us know about this Cheney-like situation, and to say how glad I am to see so many people aroused! Actually, we should all be on busses and trains, etc., on our way down there to show them all what giving the bird really means!

Julia S (41)
Sunday October 1, 2006, 11:11 am
Thanks for your action page Bruce. That's what I really like to see.

What I realize in reading the majority of comments here is that many of us seem to be stuck in anger and separation. I actually have empathy for those land owners who kept their properties for years wating for them to be valuable, only to destroy their beautiful land because someone convinced them they couldn't build or use their land cuz of the woodpecker. I can imagine how someone would feel after being convinced to do this and then seeing the devastation all around. ANd then learning it was not necessary.

I feel the real criminals here are the city officials who approved the cutting. I feel it's up to them to be operating as protectors of the area and representatives to all who live and visit there.

I found out that this article got more "noted" clicks than any other article last week... twice as many in fact. Clearly this topic caused a stir as Bruce said. What if we all wrote to Leslie Morgan -- the chairperson of the beautification committee in that town (see bruce's action page )
Maybe they would see that people all over care what happens to their town. I feel that would be a meaningful action that could have some impact.

ALso check out Mari's suggestion to adopt an acre. If all of us did that, we could impact the same number of acres destroyed in this travesty.

Jessie Cross (295)
Saturday October 7, 2006, 2:02 am
Hi All, sorry but my computer crashed this week but NOT before I had the time to send this msg and I have had the following reply:
Wed, 4 Oct 2006 15:48:07 -0300
Subject: Re: CLEAR CUTTING TREES TO ELIMINATE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WOODPECKERS [ConversationID: dbf2bb31-c692-460b-8050-fc20e31a6c6c]
Dear Jessie,

Thank you for your email. Your feedback is important to us and we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

I will forward your email to the appropriate department for further review by our experts.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.


Environmental Defense
Member Services
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jessie Cross
Sent: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 15:01:17 -0700 (PDT)



Can The EPA, THE AUDOBON SOCIETY, BIRDERS UNITED, THE AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY, THE NATURE CONSERVNCY or any other group or individuals you can think of, help us to end this dreadful atrocity? See:


Jessie L. Cross
Via Liguria 14/c

. (0)
Sunday October 8, 2006, 11:12 am
i love woodpeckers and all animals,i also love trees and nature,what gives a town any right to cut down all their trees,whats next no flowers,no pets,locking their children in small spaces because they made to much noise

Joycey B (750)
Monday October 9, 2006, 6:24 am
They cut trees down so the rare woodpeckers won't take up residence because they don't want their land declared a protected habitat. Unbelievable! How stupid people are. Thank goodness more people are against this cutting down of trees then for it.

What do you think the city should do?
Stop issuing lot-clearing permits 76%
Continue issuing lot-clearing permits 24%
Total Votes: 47,730
Note on Poll Results

Tomek Malinowski (17)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 1:17 pm
thank you
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