Nevada’s Soft Shell Pinon Pine Nuts
Bad Science Destroys The World’s Greatest Food Resource!
My primary concern is that poor science is tainting our basic understanding of the pinyon system and is continuing to lead to misdirected efforts in restoration. Little to no scientific work was done on this land prior to wide scale deforestation of pinyon to rangeland in the 1950- 1960’s almost 4 million acres of the best pinon trees and the most productive forest.
Pinyon pine nuts have been a primary food resource for birds, animals and people in the region for at least 10,000 years. Seed production and harvest would be a primary indicator of system health and productivity, yet there has been little to no work done on this subject.
From what I have learned of the pinon pine nut harvests from people who have been working in the field, seed production has dramatically declined since WWII . It would be highly difficult for a native species to invade when its reproduction has been dramatically impacted. Additionally, as you know, landscapes change slowly in arid regions, absent human intervention.
Prior to World War II the American pinyon system produced up to 8 million pounds of edible seed yearly for which there was a strong market on the east coast as well as regionally.
After WWII records commercial of harvest decline as people returning from the war were encouraged to ranch rather than other types of livelihood pursuits. We know of harvest yields through historical records kept by the pinon brokers, which are archived at Northern Arizona University.
Very little scientific study has been done on pine nut reproduction. It is one of the primary indicators of system health. In order for to examine the truth of the pinyon invasion, we must consider seed production and tree life cycles.
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