Authored by Past SWS President Christopher Craft
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), I write to support sound management and stewardship of cypress forests, including those harvesting practices that promote and ensure regeneration of the forest. The Society of Wetland Scientists is a 3500+ member organization that promotes scientific understanding, scientifically-based management and sustainable use of wetlands. The state of knowledge on cypress regeneration raises significant concerns over whether harvesting cypress in permanenntly or semi-permanently flooded areas results in a permanent loss of habitat and ecosystem services. Continue reading.