To log or not to log, that’s still the question — conservationists meet with Cal Fire over future of Jackson State

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3 thoughts on “To log or not to log, that’s still the question — conservationists meet with Cal Fire over future of Jackson State

  1. The state forest is a demonstration forest not a state park. These are the same issues that were made back in the “timber wars of the 1980-90’s.

  2. Wildfire risk is a red herring. This is a humid coastal Redwood forest, which simply does not burn the way dry inland pie and fir forests do. Even in 2008 when there were hundreds of fires ignited in coastal forests, many of which burned with no attention at all for weeks, none of them developed into the kind of big fast-moving fires we’ve seen in the rest of California. This is well known to ecologists and foresters, so it’s a little odd that CalFire keeps insisting on fire risk as justification for these poorly-prepared THPs.

  3. Facts are, indeed, stubborn things. Despite what Deputy Eng contends, clearcuts increase, not decrease fire danger in our forests. Just take a look at the cut done in Jackson State Demonstration Forest three years ago a few yards north of the end of pavement off Road 409. Walk out into that opening and look up. Then look down. Above is an opening in the forest canopy that allows the sun to beat down on the slash left over from logging that lies at your feet. Multiple studies show that because of this “demonstration” the forest floor is now hotter and drier than it was before the trees were removed. To say that this forest is now more fire resistant is a denial of the basic facts of the sciences of meteorology, hydrology, and morphology. Additionally, because of the high density of roads in Jackson (over 6.5 miles of roads per square mile) the watersheds within these public lands fail the National Marine Fisheries Service definition of a properly functioning watershed: “Watersheds over the 3 miles of road per square mile threshold are characterized as not properly functioning.” Thus, not only do the forests become more vulnerable to fire after logging, entire watersheds are effected when management puts money first and conservation second. If California is to achieve its stated goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, it’s time to start looking at facts and stop making excuses for continuing activities that degrade our public lands.

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