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Victoria

Did you have any sense of fewer trees on the Cape this summer? A friend told me that there was some serious infestation - sorry, I've forgotten the critter - last winter than kept workers busy cutting down weakened trees all spring, including the two biggest ones in front of his house.

actor212

Based on the number of branch-stumps, pine.

Zach

Lance if you havent stumbled across Barbara Kingsolver's superlative Prodigal Summer, run don't walk to the local used bookstore and pick up a copy. Aside from an exquisite balance and sweetness that makes for just about perfect summer beach reading, the American Chestnut, the Chestnut Blight and the interesting biology of coyote reproduction all appear as main characters in the story.

Along with as a half-palestinian widow entomologist, a lot of goats, and a tiny town called Egg Fork, Kentucky. But it all comes back around to the American Chestnut.

Lance

actor, I think you're right.

Zach, I haven't read Prodigal Summer. Thanks for the recommendation.

Victoria, no, I didn't see any sign of that. Just the opposite. The trees seemed lusher this year. And in the little woods where I took this picture there were other dead trees. (You can see some in the background.) But woods of scrub oaks and pitch pines are pioneers and I think this one has started to give way to other trees, so what we're looking at is a return of a forest. We rarely roam north of Orleans or west of Brewster. (Yarmouth Port was a big trip for us.) So I don't know what's going on with the trees on other parts of the Cape. What part of the Cape does your friend live on?

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