USFWS drags ideological feet on forest restoration project

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Editor’s note:  Always interesting to hear a county commissioner’s frustration aired on the state of forest management in our national forests.  Commissioners are the local public officers close to the ground and keenly aware of the forest health, public safety, and economic impacts of proximate forest management decisions.  And also aware of, in this case, foot-dragging stalling on the part of a federal agency.  Here is a link to Commissioner Ray Haupt’s forthright op-ed, in Siskiyou County, California.

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One Response to USFWS drags ideological feet on forest restoration project

  1. 2ndLaw says:

    The problem is:
    * Fire does not “destroy” northern spotted owl habitat. The owl evolved wit fire. Fire changes habitat but owls continue to use burned forests for nesting and foraging and dispersal.
    * Salvage logging does not “rehabilitate” burned forests. Logging after fire makes a bad situation worse by converting a complex forest into a simplified (plantation) forest – lacking complex structure, vegetation diversity, etc. Large trees provide cover for wildlife, help protect seedlings from climatic extremes, etc.

    This county commissioner lacks a basic understanding of forest ecology, fire ecology, and spotted owl biology.

    FWS is not getting in the way of good management they are trying to mitigate the damage that will be caused by reckless post-fire logging. The consensus of science and the northern spotted owl recovery plan recognize that post-fire logging is bad for spotted owls and forests, but still, federal forest managers don’t have the guts to say “no.”

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