Skip to comments.California environmentalists decry feds' fire plan
Posted on 08/28/2014 7:09:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Under the proposal, about 24 square miles of the burned mountain range will be logged, as well as an additional 28 square miles along roads where trees threaten to fall and hurt people.
"This is an ecological travesty," said Chad Hanson, a forest ecologist and founder of the John Muir Project, an environmentalist group. "It's basically an extinction plan for the California spotted owl."
Hanson said he is considering challenging the suit in court and has no choice but to file a federal petition seeking to list the spotted owl as endangered or threatened.
David Bischel, president of the California Forestry Association, which represents the timber industry, praised the plan.
He said it will pay for replanting and restoring the forest. Taking out dead trees will also allow the public to use the land and eliminate a new fire hazard caused by the falling trees, logging supporters said.
Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican who represents the region, said he fears Forest Service officials took too long to form a recovery roadmap. The dead trees on public land in the last year have deteriorated, while those on privately held land have been mostly cut down and sent to the mills.
"They've taken so much time I'd be surprised they get any bids at all," McClintock said. "If they did, it's a fraction of the acreage that could have been salvaged."
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” its like a government execution of trees ....man” Justin Treehugger.... AUgust 2014
I didn’t realize that logging killed spotted owls while forest fires did not.
Again with the spotted owls. The reality is that Mr. Hanson and the rest of these environmentalists put animals first ahead of humans. He wouldn’t care if an entire neighborhood was lost in a fire as long as his “precious” owls were unharmed. Tired of all these different kinds of lefties and their agendas.
I bet he’s never even spotted an owl........................and wouldn’t know one if it crapped on his head.................
In CA and the West, the failure to clear out underbrush before and dead trees after a fire has been proven to be a full-on disaster fifty damn times.
Despite proof after proof after proof, these stupid environmentalists cannot help themselves but blurt out the same memes, over and over and over. Gee, is it anything similar to Blacks over Ferguson or do we need 17 articles in the Atlantic to see if our belly-buttons will yield the answer?
The environmental movement is absolutely and completely about getting compensated for legal fees over endless lawsuits despite any measure of facts.
I wonder where the ‘barn owl’ made there nests before humans came along?...................
Thanks, I was thinking the same thing. One the the causes of brush fires destroying homes in SoCal is the inability to clear brush back 500 feet. Environmentalists have placed restrictions. In the Sierra Nevadas they have placed restrictions that make homes uninsurable due to the brush and trees. In the quest to “save the owls” they have endangered people, created fire danger and caused fire fighters to risk their lives to save a house when it could have been prevented
I would think the fires in the long term will help the owls. Burnt forest is much more productive than mature forest and the open spaces created by fire should aid them in hunting small mammals that are now more plentiful because they are feasting on the low lying forage composed of grass, and shrubs. There is not much to eat on the ground in a mature forest, particularly an evergreen forest.
Forestry professionals are finally waking up to the realization that for a few hundred years, we’ve been “doing it wrong”.
Europeans brought what knowledge they had, vis a vis European methods for forestry. We used those methods for decades, to little avail in attempting to manage American forests in a responsible manner.
We’re finally getting smart on how to manage American forests and educating folks that fire is the friend of American forests...
All one has to do is look at the catastrophic fires caused by the environmentalists when they prevent the USF from conducting controlled burns or in some cases, letting nature burn out the dead fall on the forest floor...
Environmentalists are responsible for some of the most catastrophic fires in our history...fires that’ve burned down thousands of structures/homes, killed hundreds and kills the soil because they burn so hot, leaving a moonscape behind.
I loathe anyone who says they’re an environmentalist...they’re evil.
“It’s basically an extinction plan for the California spotted owl.”
But, wait! We’ve always been told that the Spotted Owl lives in OLD GROWTH forests, not burned out forests!
Dammit where am I going to get my Spotted Owl Soup now?
And creating conditions for wildfires by not cutting down dead trees ISN'T?