Skip to comments.Environmental group (The Center for Biological Diversity) sues California to halt logging
Posted on 01/29/2010 3:31:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Will clear-cutting forests increase global warming? That's a contentious issue as California, which is seeking to slash its carbon footprint, wrestles over rules to manage the state's private forests.
The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based environmental group, this week filed lawsuits against the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in seven California counties to halt logging plans for 5,000 acres across the Sierra Nevada and Cascade regions. The group contends that the agency approved the projects without properly analyzing carbon emissions and climate consequences under the California Environmental Quality Act.
"Clear-cutting is an abysmal practice that should have been banned long ago due to its impacts on wildlife and water quality," said Brian Nowicki, the group's California climate policy director. "Now, in an era when all land-management decisions need to be fully carbon-conscious, there is no excuse to continue to allow clear-cutting."
Sierra Pacific Industries, the timber company that is proposing the logging, responded that its harvesting would result "in a net sequestration rate of carbon dioxide that far exceeds any emissions that might occur." California requires that clear-cut areas be replanted, so that although logging results in emissions of some of the carbon stored in those trees, replanted areas would eventually compensate.
"This out-of-state organization . . . won't be happy until they have taken away every forest-related job in California," said Mark Pawlicki, director of corporate affairs and sustainability for Sierra Pacific. "The plaintiffs do not understand forestry, and they do not understand carbon sequestration."
Dave Bischel, president of the California Forestry Assn., an industry trade group, said that the logging plans "provide significant data on the carbon sequestration benefits," adding that 40% of the state's sawmills have closed since January 2000, boosting rural unemployment.
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how come no one ever sues the environmental groups?
We’da never built railroads if these folks was around a couple hundred years ago.. let’s see how they jam up high-speed rail over environmental concerns and make more than a few bucks off doing it.
Not logging results in forest fires which dump gobs of carbon directly into the atmosphere. SPI needs to sue under the same premise and demonstrate that NOT logging puts far more carbon into the air than logging.
I can’t wait until an environmental group successfully sues California for allowing humans to breathe. It will result in the first mass slaughter authorized in the United States.
Ironically, the slaughtering will be outsourced to entities with residents outside of California proper, as anyone who is a citizen of California must die.
I cant wait until an environmental group successfully sues California for allowing humans to breathe. It will result in the first mass slaughter authorized in the United States.
It’s not enough they already kill jobs, huh?
Truckers are prevented from working at the Oakland port sonce January over emissions rules imposed by nonelected ecoboards&blobocracies like CARB and the EPA
I say... OK... PROVE to me you have been wiping your butt with walmart bags, instead of TP for one year, and we will at least hear you out!
Second, tell us what you intend to use when TP runs out?
We'd lose some very folks in a move like that -- but the vast majority would be libs and those who vote for them. Net gain.
Wisconsin governor using “global warming” pseudo science pushing legislation to force WI to adapt California emission standards
Ok, to start with clear cutting in CA has been outlawed many years ago. I know, I used to work in the lumber industry when it was actually allowed in CA, before the spotted owl. These enviros and judges that support them are all frickin’ crazy and you would think people would have learned by now that all these a**hats do is kill jobs.
How many jobs could be created if we rounded up all the environazis and put them in prison? We’d have to build a lot more prisons, and hire a lot of workers to staff them. That’s some economic stimulus I’d support.
Spotted Owls, please...I once cut out a newspaper article about a Spotted Owl nest in a Kmart sign. I wrote on it “So now do we ban shopping to not ‘disturb’ the fracken Owl?