OP-ED: Study needed to conclude Sierra forests in bad shape? Really?

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Editor’s note:  This excellent opinion piece expresses frustration over what might be termed the “academicization” of American forestry in the U.S. Forest Service and state agencies.  Study and report preparation, it argues, are preferred over merely looking out the window and seeing the obvious.  The op-ed’s writer, Ted Shannon, eloquently conveys conveys the frustration ordinary citizens can feel when government agencies prefers study over seeing and doing what’s necessary.  Published in the CALAVERAS ENTERPRISE on Feb. 11th, and tipped to this blog by Nick Smith’s invaluable daily news roundup.  Thanks Nick!

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One Response to OP-ED: Study needed to conclude Sierra forests in bad shape? Really?

  1. 2ndLaw says:

    So “professional foresters” are just so common sense. That’s great except it was those same common sense professional foresters who removed wood form salmon streams and converted old growth forests to tree plantations causing the spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and many other wildlife to become endangered. Forestry schools teach a form of agriculture, not ecosystem management, which is hat is needed to sustain the splendid biodiversity that we share the plant with.

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