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Forest Management

Sep 13, 2018

To those opposed to proper forest management who cite fear of clear-cutting as your argument, here are the facts: First know that California has no commercial timber operations on state-owned lands. Clear-cutting is also not permitted on any government land.

Next, California's timber laws are considered the most stringent in the nation. They exhaustively cover everything. EV-REE-THING: Pre-harvest plan submission and approval, permits, licenses, state inspections throughout, what size and where a tree can be cut, how many can be cut, how many inches up from the stump can the cut be made, regeneration, water breaks, how much tree litter can be removed, under what conditions roads can be put in and for how long and what length, post harvest water course, soil maintenance, snag retention, wildlife protection, habitat preservation, erosion control, hours of work, buffer zones, archeological training, log hauling and log hauling routes, flagging trees, stocking requirements, which heavy equipment can be used and where, and so much more. The California Forest Practice Rules are 377 pages long! (link below)

Finally, clear-cutting acre size was limited to 20 acres with the above restrictions in place. Contrast that with 100,000 acres "clear-cut" by fire. This photo is the aftermath of the Rim Fire which burned into Yosemite. The Flash Report article written by Katy Grimes and Megan Barth summed it up perfectly:

“The resulting fires are not the “forest-rejuvenating” blazes of environmentalist lore. They are cauldron-hot conflagrations that exterminate wildlife habitats, roast bald eagle and spotted owl fledglings alive in their nests, boil away trout and trout streams, leave surviving animals to starve, and incinerate every living organism in already thin soils … that then get washed away during future downpours and snow melts. Areas incinerated by such fires don’t recover their arboreal biodiversity for decades.” 

Kristi Diener