The Truth About Salvage Logging

The Bush Administration continues its disregard for peer reviewed science which has irrefutably found that salvage logging of forests post fire is ecologically damaging – hindering natural regeneration while increasing the risk of additional fires. An ecological crime of vast proportions is being waged as efforts are made to discredit ecological science and its proponents. When America's large natural forests burn, do we want to replace them with monoculture tree plantations, or do we want to allow them to regenerate naturally as they always have after burning? America's political leadership will stop at nothing to further their political interests, including dooming their country to abject ecosystem collapse in the not too distant future. Shame on those proponents of salvage logging suckling on the teat of logging companies.
In Fire's Wake, Logging Study Inflames Debate

Logging after the Biscuit fire, the study found, has harmed forest recovery and increased fire risk. What the short study did not say… is that the White House has ignored science to please the timber industry… Logging after fires… generates about 40 percent of timber volume on the nation's public lands… Salvage logging and replanting can often succeed… if the intent is to turn a scorched landscape into a stand of trees for commercial harvest. If, however, Congress wants to promote the ecologically sound recovery of burned federal forests… the overwhelming weight of scientific research suggests that “salvage logging is not going to be appropriate.”

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  1. Bryant Robbins says:

    You need to back up these statements with facts. I'm just saying this because I work for the forest service and would beg to differ. Salvage logging 'after' fires greatly decreases probability of future fires by discarding large amounts of dry, dead fuels. You say we should let the forests regen naturally, but due to density of forests, most burn sites these days are sterilized to an extent that regen naturally would take hundreds of years. Also, new logging equipment is very low impact. I see the spots in the forest where loggers have been every day, and they are hardly noticeable. The best solution to restoring the forest to its natural state is something called 'slashing'. Slashing is a thinning of small diameter trees inorder to introduce controlled burns. This puts the forests back into their natural cycles. I respect your concern for the environment, but always look into examples. I happened to read this because I am researching for a research paper.

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