Logging old growth should become old hat.Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By Josh Laughlin and Joseph Vaile For The Register-Guard
In 30 years, can you imagine looking back and wishing we had more 6-foot-wide stumps or more logging roads?
Now more than ever, federal foresters' primary mission should be to thin young tree plantations and address fire hazards fire hazard fire n that's a fire hazard → das ist feuergefährlich
fire hazard n that's a fire hazard → comporta rischi in caso d'incendio . Yet every day, the Bush administration, despite its rhetoric of "healthy forests," is taking us back to the dark ages of forest management by opening ancient forests and wild, roadless lands to more logging.
In April, while architects of the Northwest Forest Plan were reflecting on the first 10 years of the plan, the compromise framework for 24 million acres of federal forestland for·est·land
A section of land covered with forest or set aside for the cultivation of forests. in the Pacific Northwest, the Bush administration was busy removing the plan's key environmental safeguards: the "survey and manage strategy" and the "aquatic conservation strategy." These two components are designed to protect salmon and old growth forests, two icons of our region.
Ironically, the Bush rollbacks come at a time when a majority of Oregonians, most members of the congressional delegation, authors of the plan and economists say it is time to end logging the remaining older forests on public land.
Noting an 80 percent percent reduction in mature and old growth forests over the past 100 years, prominent forest scientists in 2001 asked the administration to protect the remaining older forests. In 2003, two former Forest Service chiefs said it is time to "declare old growth off-limits to logging and move on."
There is an alternative to the reckless liquidation The collection of assets belonging to a debtor to be applied to the discharge of his or her outstanding debts.
A type of proceeding pursuant to federal Bankruptcy of the last 10 percent of older forest in the region. The last 50 years of intensive forest management have left us with a landscape of fiber plantations - hundreds of thousands of acres of crowded young tree plantations. The innovative science of variable density thinning can restore the diversity and complexity of these young stands planted after past clear-cutting.
This common sense approach to forestry is happening, among other places, on our Siuslaw National Forest. With input from stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. , planners in this forest have focused on thinning young tree plantations and restoring streambeds that have been degraded over time. The forest was recently presented with the "Breaking the Gridlock Gridlock
A government, business or institution's inability to function at a normal level due either to complex or conflicting procedures within the administrative framework or to impending change in the business. " and "Rise to the Future" national awards. This forest is working.
Given that this kind of forest work enjoys wide local support, why would the Bush administration in Washington, D.C., perpetuate old struggles by gutting environmental laws and pushing massive old growth and roadless logging projects? Is it payback Payback
The length of time it takes to recover the initial cost of a project, without regard to the time value of money. for the $1.1 million that a handful of timber corporations put in Bush's pocket during the 2000 election?
An example of the Bush administration's wrong direction in forest policy occurs on the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management. Using the doublespeak dou·ble·speak
See double talk.
Noun 1. doublespeak - any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not of "forest health," the BLM BLM n abbr (US) (= Bureau of Land Management) → les domaines plans to log the heart out of the Zane Grey Noun 1. Zane Grey - United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)
Grey roadless area, a 46,500-acre block adjacent to the Rogue River Rogue River
A river, about 322 km (200 mi) long, rising in the Cascade Range of southwest Oregon and flowing generally south and southwest to the Pacific Ocean. . This is the largest forested roadless area the BLM administers in the nation, and it is the stomping grounds stomp·ing ground
A customary territory or favorite gathering place. Also called stamping ground. of adventurer and novelist Grey, whose historic cabin sits on the north bank of the Rogue.
As we move into the Northwest Forest Plan's second decade, we hope the administration and Congress permanently protect treasured older forests while prioritizing much needed work in tree farms. We also hope that policy will reflect the values of the American public, support forest jobs while restoring habitat, and protect what makes this region so special: wild lands, salmon habitat and ancient forests.
Josh Laughlin is the campaign coordinator for the Cascadia Wildlands Project (www.cascwild.org) in Eugene. Joseph Vaile is the campaign coordinator for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Ashland. He previously worked for the BLM in Medford.