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Re: NFC: Re: Fw: Resources other than timber now of secondaryimportance on Mo...


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 
'old-growth' areas.

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 

Anyway, enough!

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