20,000 comments boil down to 4 main issues in Flathead Forest plan revision
KALISPELL – More than 20,000 public comments have boiled down to four main issues for revising the Flathead National Forest’s management plan.
A similar four issues will be the main research topics for a Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear conservation strategy affecting five western Montana national forests.
All are expected to be presented as alternatives for the public to consider when the Flathead Forest releases its draft environmental impact statements early next year.
“The public response has been excellent,” Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber said in an email. “We received a lot of constructive comments that we are giving serious consideration to in order to improve our initial proposal, as well as to develop some alternatives that will be able to display the range of issues expressed throughout the comment period.”
DellaSala and Hanson vs. Objective Science
.I recently received a copy of a book, “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix,” edited by Dominick DellaSala and Chad Hanson. In the August edition of The Forestry Source, I write that the book is “advocacy first and science second.” You can get a sense of this in a NY Times op-ed by DellaSala and Hanson from last week, “More Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires,” in which they write:
“In the case of the Rim Fire, our research found that protected forest areas with no history of logging burned least intensely. There was a similar pattern in other large fires in recent years. Logging removes the mature, thick-barked, fire-resistant trees. The small trees planted in their place and the debris left behind by loggers act as kindling; in effect, the logged areas become combustible tree plantations that are poor wildlife habitat.”