Sassafras lovers, rejoice. The loggers did their thinning and clear-cutting, and the sassafras came back. We were assured that the trucks and mess (some still there) were for the woods' own good at our local high reservoir trail, and for two years some of us grieved. Now, come and enjoy. I understand that the red sassafras is more fragrant than the yellow, but have not noticed that yet. Perhaps in the spring.
Metacomet trail, segment at Reservoir 6.
The trail here, overall is named for the chief Metacomet, sachem or chief of the Wampanoag tribe, who featured in King Philip's War, see http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars16011800/p/King-Philips-War-1675-1676.htm
This site is not alone in bewailing the stupid stuff done in banning sassafras. See http://www.eattheweeds.com/sassafras-root-beer-rat-killer/ You can still make your own rootbeer, see https://byo.com/stories/issue/item/563-down-to-the-root-make-your-own-root-beer/ Meanwhile, write your congresspeople who, themselves, clearly, need this as the national governing drink.