A PHENOMENON IN SOUTH GEORGIA

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A letter dated February 2, 1997, by Jerry Cranmer (jcranmer@camden.tds.net) Copied with permission.

We have been noticing a phenomenon in S Georgia, and we feel that it is time to alert the community.

Several beekeepers in our association have documented large scale, (1000 + acres), of planted pine forest in this region have been sprayed with herbicides. The resultant effects have been devastating to the plants that we honey producers depend on for our livelihood.

It may also very well be a harbinger of a greater consequence for our ecosystem. The native shrubs like gallberry, ti ti,and palmetto are all vertually destroyed in these forests. All that are left are the pine trees and pine needles. The migratory birds , and native wildlife all must leave these barren areas.

The culprits are the large lumber companies like Georgia Pacific and Rayonier. They are believing the chemical Co. sales pitch , that this will improve their profits.

If you have any questions or would like to see photos of the sprayed forests contact the president of the SE Georgia beekeepers Association, Bobby Rowell Rt. One Box 147 Nahunta,Ga. 31553

Jerry Cranmer jcranmer@camden.tds.net

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