Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Timber Company Appeals Ruling Restoring Forest Protections

In Missoula, Montana, I had a chance to look at some timber that was being hauled from a supposed salvage site (a salvage site is where logging companies cut trees deemed by them to be dying or dead) and they each oozed massive amounts of sap. As well, there is much debate as to whether or not salvage logging is good for the health of forests though I doubt that timber companies are seriously concerned with this, by and large. Here's the article:

September 25, 2006 — By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An Oregon timber company has appealed the reinstatement of protections on 58.5 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, saying it should be able to continue logging trees burned in a 2002 wildfire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Silver Creek Timber owner John West said he had no opinion on future logging in roadless areas, but felt he should be allowed finish the salvage project.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte in San Francisco overturned the 2005 Bush administration rule that gave states a chance to seek logging, mining and drilling inside areas of national forests that have been untouched due to their remote and rugged terrain.

In 2001, the Clinton administration barred most logging and other development within roadless areas to protect them as prime fish and wildlife habitat and sources of clean water.

West said the Clinton rule allowed logging after fires.

U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey said the Bush administration was still considering whether to file its own appeal, but noted the government disagreed with a number of the findings, particularly the need to do an environmental impact statement.

Rey added that, so far, six federal judges have ruled on the Clinton roadless rule, three for and three against it, with no end in sight.

"By the time all is said and done there will be enough federal judges who have opined on the roadless rule so we could fill out a major league baseball lineup card and have plenty of judges left over for bench strength," Rey said from Washington.

SOURCE: Environmental News Network

My take on these issues is illustrated by a bit of reading:

Logging causes wild fires

On that HUGE Oregon fire from a couple of years ago

More on arsonists that seem to love timber sales

Why did the Forest Service interfere with efforts to put out that huge AZ fire (the fire that was set by a gov't [BIA] contracted worker)?

ANOTHER "wild" fire that was started by a gov't contracted worker (USFS - Dept. of Agriculture)

Article from a couple of years ago: Officials suspect arson in numerous Western wildfires

Fighting Forests With Fire: A Soldier's Story

Western Fire Ecology Center


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