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  Re: Note from Phil Mueller
From: jhlawrence <jhl at kuentos.guam.net> on 1997.03.11 at 11:25:18(486)
As a new aroider from GUAM it was interesting to read Phil's comments re
our island. The brown tree snake (BTS) stories you all hear are ALL
highly unfounded. We do have some snakes here but they are not, repeat
THEY ARE NOT, DO NOT and NEVER HAVE hung from the trees like pasta.

WE do have the yellowing virus; quite serious problem but the local
government is not doing much to correct or educate. I have seen a
dramatic increase in the number of infected palms along Marine Drive
(main drag up and down the island). Each year power authority crews use
knives to remove old leaves and nuts prior to Liberation DAY. I have
watched as the virus slowly spreads from tree to tree year after year.

Going to take sometime before the locals react here; probably after the
coconuts are gone or enough are lost..... Not enough public education
although we are getting some US Forest Service funding to "study" the
problem.

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