Skip to comments.Bark worse for blight: Forest Service to hound beetles
Posted on 09/02/2007 7:28:52 AM PDT by george76
Tree-thinning to begin in fall in Colorado, Wyo.
The U.S. Forest Service is launching a major effort to battle bark beetles across an 80,000-acre swath of Colorado and Wyoming, its largest assault to date on the fire-prone forests.
The plan, announced Friday, calls for thinning and tree removal in five Colorado counties and two in Wyoming. The program, aided by $8 million in new federal funding, relies on partnerships between the federal agency and the mountain counties where rust-red trees are causing the most danger to humans.
Mary Ann Chandler, a Forest Service spokeswoman, said the agency has structured the work just as it does when a fire is burning, with an incident-management team to oversee the ramp-up in work.
This fall, the Forest Service and its partners will begin work on wooded areas where environmental permits are in place. No wilderness or roadless areas will be involved...
(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...
-—thi would be fun to watch if it weren’t going to involve taxpayer funds-—
AHH another boondoggle brought to you by the US Forest Service or as we call it here - A Mongolian Cluster F)$K.
The cicadas here in Northern VA are getting on my nerves. I am getting ready to torch some trees.
Give the enviros a few weeks to regroup from wherever they are causing damage and suffering today. They’ll be along shortly to get a court order to put a stop to this and any other kind of science-based forest management.
Finally, when the problem of dying trees reached Aspen, and other liberal conclaves, some attention is being given to it.
Too bad we can’t use DDT, Colorado is quite likely to lose more than half of it’s tres in the coming years.
>This fall, the Forest Service and its partners will begin work on wooded areas where environmental permits are in place. No wilderness or roadless areas will be involved...<
In other words, they don’t want to do it but are being forced to. Let the wilderness and roadless areas burn. That will stop the spread of bark beetles ....... for two seasons.
The eco-nuts are trying to give themselves some political cover as the forest fires explode everywhere.
The nuts have been fighting this ‘logging’ full time for decades.
They now change the name from logging to removing bio mass...
>They now change the name from logging to removing bio mass...<
It’s going to be a real laugh, 30 years from now, when we complete the circle of learning to find that we never should have stopped logging or shut down the saw mills.
I’ve given up on expecting intelligence from the Forest Service. They don’t spray when they need to, so bark beetles convert millions of acres of land into firewood. Instead of cutting temporary roads into the firewood, so people can go in and harvest it, they let it sit and wait for a lightning strike. Lightning strikes, or careless humans happen, and they scramble to put out the fires that end up destroying millions of more acres of forest. Then, instead of cutting temporary roads to let people in to harvest the burnt wood for firewood, they come with a restoration policy, giving the land a chance to recuperate, and then once it is recuperated a little, they decide to start thinning and allow firewood cutting, so people can trample back over the recuperated forest, and so on. Let the firewood cutters, the thinners and loggers in as soon as the bark beetles or fires do there damage, and the overall damage will be greatly reduced. The people who want to utilize the woods are doing everyone a huge favor.
No problem, with those sawmills long gone, the real goal will have been met: consolidating production into the hands of the corporate aristocracy.
The forest service could make money by allowing loggers to do the work.
Now the taxpayers get to pay millions instead...
Or the BLM.
I really don’t think so. This is about using regulation to make money for those holding notes against the assets of the US government. When they want that resource productivity back (after they’re done raping it abroad) and can take advantage of regulatory oligopoly, they’ll do it.
By then we’d probably need a permit from the UN to cut a tree.
The favored corporate weasel wouldn't have any trouble getting one.
Foresters with graduate degrees, a life time of real world experiences, and their passion for a healthy forest should make these decisions.
Instead the final decisions are made by Sierra Club lawyers who find friendly judges who over-rule science and scientists. The lawyers make big fees for themselves even if the forests are destroyed.
These massive fires cause air pollution, water pollution, and soil destruction. The ash kills fish, frogs...because they need oxygen in the water to breathe. Lots of other wildlife is killed by the fires too.
The organism in the soil are destroyed by the long, high temperatures...
Gosh, that sounds a lot like logging, you bloomin' morons! Only, now, we can pay many times more in taxes than what professional loggers could have done it for.
Environmentalists drive me up a wall.
The Forest Service has developed a five-year plan to combat the infestation, but officials acknowledge the work and the new money will reach only a very small part of the 755,000 acres at risk.
Chandler said the agency hopes to secure another $6.2 million for additional work next year.
Because resources are slim, the Forest Service is carefully choosing the most at-risk areas to protect.
“The work is going to be very strategic,” Severson said, “with priorities being to protect human life, public infrastructure and very critical watersheds.”
five-year plan? Hmmm where have I heard that before?
Pages from the Soviet Department of Forestry’s manual?
The Forest Service is a bureaucratic joke.
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