Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Timber Industry and Environmentalists Agree on Logging Method

Eric Knapp, a research scientist for the U.S. Forest Service, left, talks about a logging method he says could restore natural conditions in the Sierra Nevada and reduce the intensity of wildfires. Source: Modesto Bee.

Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions is a collaborative coalition that includes the timber industry, environmental groups and other agency and community partners.  Their goal is to reduce the number of trees per acre. The difference here is that logging efforts will not leave clear cuts or large expanses of evenly spaced trees, but a diversified landscape with clumps of trees and various openings.  

The coalition is urging Congress to fund planning for a ramped-up thinning effort, needed on 250,000 to 300,000 of the national forest’s 895,000 acres over many years. Treatments would pay for themselves through timber sales. Tuolumne County has two sawmills ready to handle the logs, as well as two power plants that burn wood chips. The industry generates 600 to 700 jobs in the county now but could top 1,000 if a major effort got underway.
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The Cohesive Strategy strongly supports efforts like these that move beyond past conflicts in support of common goals to improve the resilience of the landscape.  

YSS Co-Chair John Buckley says, "YSS is showing that no matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, there should be strong collaborative agreement to use science to produce more wood products, benefit watersheds and reduce the risk of destructive wildfires.”  Read the full article here

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1 comment:

  1. When restoration must be funded by timber sales it conflicts with fuel reduction objectives (commercial sized trees are not the problem), wildlife habitat objectives (many wildlife depend on complex forests), and carbon objectives (logging removes far more carbon than fire).