Anti-Cypress Mulch Campaign Louisiana Take An Easy Step To Save Louisiana’s Wetland Habitat PROTECT CYPRESS TREES Cypress Trees are a vital component of wetland habitat. Cypress Swamps were logged in 1920’s, slow growing trees are just starting to come back.
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Take An Easy Step To
Louisiana’s Wetland Habitat
Cypress Mulch used to be a byproduct of the logging industry. However that industry effectively clear cut most of the available cypress trees in Louisiana years ago. Today’s Cypress Mulch is made by grinding up cypress trees from Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri swamps.
The Pasco County extension office in Florida reports that “ in 1995, 42 million cubic feet were cut for lumber and mulch from Florida's wetlands. 129,000 tons of Cypress Mulch and 145,000 tons of cypress lumber are produced per year in Florida. In N.E. Florida, 20.4 million cu. ft. of cypress are cut per year, but the trees' natural replacement growth is only 17.1 million cu. ft.” (Pasco County Master Gardner Spring 2003)
All of the research that we have done indicates that there is no
scientific evidence that today’s cypress mulch is resistant to
termites and other insects. (FOR 79, one of a series of the
School of Forest Resources and Conservation,
Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences,
University of Florida. First published, August 2000)
CYPRESS MULCH IS MORE DURABLE
Test show that today’s new cypress growth is not as durable as pine bark. In the first half of the 20th century when 800- to 900- year-old virgin cypress were harvested, large bald cypress trees with abundant heartwood produced decay-resistant products for outdoor use. Today, even though cypress wood still has the reputation for durability, the smaller second-growth cypress trees
have very little decay-resistant heartwood” (Circular 1186-
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service)
CYPRESS IS MORE WEED RESISTANT
PINE STRAW IS MORE WEED RESISTANT
Pine Straw can suppress weeds for up to one year but
Cypress Mulch and others work for only two or three
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MandevilleUse of Cypress Mulch has been banned on public property in