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Re: NFC: Re: Fw: Resources other than timber now of secondaryimportance on Mo...
- To: nfc at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: NFC: Re: Fw: Resources other than timber now of secondaryimportance on Mo...
- From: "Scott Olson" <olson7 at hotmail_com>
- Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 11:13:14 -0700
I enjoyed your post! A few comments:
<In the early nineties there was a 5 year proposal for National Forests in
the Tennessee/Georgia area to have 40% clear cuts.>
Incredibly stupid of whoever made such a proposal! About as dumb as the
Army Corps' proposal to add dams to the upper Mississippi.
On the other hand, a federal judge just ruled this past week that the dead
standing timber left after last years serious forest fires in Montana cannot
be harvested. The tyranny of the judiciary continues! I believe the
proposal covered some 50,000 acres of the Bitterroot National Forest, which
is only a fraction of what burned. It seems the insanity cuts both ways.
<i just think the National Forests should be used only for selective harvest
of mature trees only.>
<I also think that, as a matter of law, no timber should be taken until the
cost of building & maintaining roads at least equals the lease price.>
I guess the idealistic side of me would like to agree, but the realistic
side knows that the most likely way to reach the latter goal is to allow
clear-cutting; it is the most cost-effective method of harvesting timber.
While a new clear-cut is ugly as sin, in a year or three the clear-cut area
provides a lot more food and habitat for many species of wildlife than do
Road-building is a very expensive proposition. Economically, it would
require a very substantial timber sale to pay for a road of any length or
complexity. Keep in mind that the roads provide access to many square miles
of recreational land that would otherwise be inaccessible to most
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