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HISTORICAL REMARKS ON THE OAKS (Quercus agrifolia) ORIGINALLY
GROWING IN THE HILLS EAST OF BENEDICT CANYON (1955-1964)
The following is extracted (in part) from a publication by McFarland & Colburn, 1968:
“Once abundant and in excellent condition (with dense, dark green foliage) throughout the district”, particularly from Benedict Canyon, and eastward up Hutton Dr., and along most of Oak Pass Rd., from its beginning on up to the vicinity of 9601. Beyond 9540, they were much reduced in numbers, due to changes in exposure and soil-type (decomposed granite).... “The trees are now (1964!) in very poor condition many of them dying or already dead and fallen throughout the district. Many of the larger old trees, that once grew on the hills and slopes above the canyons, have died since the 1950's, as well as numerous individuals down in Benedict Canyon”. A period of drought years, plus the advent of smog, were both no doubt implicated....Weakened trees, of course, always attract the attention of insects (arriving to speed up the natural recycling-process) .... But these insect infestations are invariably mere symptoms of much worse underlying causes, exactly as are the diseases of animals and man ....
We first became aware of SMOG beginning to penetrate our district in the early to mid 1950's (it was a new word in the local vocabulary at that time). Each year it grew steadily worse and more constant. We sold out and left in 1957, so not much more was observed thereafter, but for my occasional return visits, over the next several years, still seeking to capture on film whatever remained of our former homeland. The oaks looked worse with each re-visit (early 1960's)....
While the oaks continue to die, from a combination of causes that all point (either directly or indirectly) back to Homo sapiens, the greedy peddlers-of-poisons (insecticides) will continue to cash in on all the DENIAL and feigned "mystification",“ignorance”, by attempting to blame everything on the (native) Calif. Oak moth (Phryganidia californica, Fam. Dioptidae)....Never mind that the oaks had been living in equilibrium with these moths for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Clever-Modern-Man, in all of his techno-brilliance!!....Message?? Dare to LOOK a little deeper below the surface, instead of reflexively turning away the moment some complex truth rears its inconvenient head....There is a lot more to be learned from the natural world than the poison-peddlers (and the agenda-driven politicians) would like us to believe, and the real answers are barely simplistic....[The demise of the oaks is NOT an “either/or” type of situation, much as the “anthro-apologists” and one-track “researchers” might dearly wish....]
Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!
EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME
- (A) Botanical Highlights
-- Historical Remarks on Oaks
-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!
-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)
-- Echos From the Past!
-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY
- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS
- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED
- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED
- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED
DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)
THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER
A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE
ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT
BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION
About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road
BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE
The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES
HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION
FRANK SALA'S CORNER
FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER
1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)
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