I understand that water levels, or hydrology, in Louisiana have changed and that threatens regeneration. Is that the only issue?
No. Invasive species and other faster-growing species have also changed the landscape for cypress regeneration.[11,12] Even proponents of cypress harvesting admit it, “Pointing to a number of sprouting young trees – Chinese tallow, maple, oak, and green ash – Thomas [Mike Thomas, state stewardship coordinator for the Office of Forestry] says, ‘This is a forest to me – not a big forest, not all cypress, but it’s got trees on it.” Cypress forests provide unique ecological, economical, and hurricane protection benefits that these other trees cannot.[14,15]