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California liberals rather burn than let conservatives preserve forests.

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2014 at 2:39 AM
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal forest officials say they were trying for a balanced approach in new plan to allow loggers to remove dead wood from a massive California wildfire, but environmentalists are calling it a travesty for trees.
The highly awaited decision announced by the U.S. Forest Service Wednesday and expected to be finalized Thursday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park's backcountry and private timber land.
It came amid a standoff between environmentalists and supporters of the timber industry over what to do with the trees that died in the fire. The blaze also destroyed 11 homes and cost more than $125 million to fight.
Susan Skalski, supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest, said that she tried to balance the need to reduce future fires with protecting the environment and wildlife. She took into consideration input from the public, environmental groups and the timber industry and said it was impossible for her to devise a perfect recovery plan.
"I did my best to balance all these important goals, with the intent of providing a decision that best serves the public interest," she said. "I realize that my decision will not please every member of the public." 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.
Environmentalists argued against logging the land, saying the blackened trees and new growth beneath them create vital habitat for dwindling birds such as spotted owls and black-backed woodpeckers.
"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."
Skalski is expected to sign the logging decision Thursday, making it final.
Federal prosecutors accuse bow hunter Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, of starting the fire Aug. 17, 2013, when he lost control of an illegal campfire and had to be rescued by helicopter. A grand jury on Aug. 7 returned a four-count indictment against Emerald, who lives in the foothill community of Columbia.
Emerald, who has pleaded not guilty, was released from jail after posting a $60,000 bond.
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Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 5:39 AM
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You'd think as many posts that you make daily that you'd know by now to post a source, I don't take anyone seriously that doesn't give a source.

DivingDiva
by Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM
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Did you even read the article?  Your post title makes no sense. 

paknari
by Silver Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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Where does it say anything abou liberals? Do you have to hate wildlife to be a conservative? 

Laura1427
by Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

You would think that you would know by now that no one is taking you seriously.

NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Aug. 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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A copy/paste google search didn't pull up a source but did try to correct several spelling and grammatical errors. 

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by on Aug. 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

There might be a reason she's not posting a source link. I don't know......but there are plenty that do post a link and I still don't take them seriously.....just saying.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

You'd think as many posts that you make daily that you'd know by now to post a source, I don't take anyone seriously that doesn't give a source.


tattedmommy730
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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The "liberals" in this situation are right. It does provide new growth and shelter to animals.
Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

If she or anyone else makes a post that's newsworthy they need to include a source, if they don't I won't take them  seriously because they can't back up what they say with a source.

 

Quoting Abaco:

There might be a reason she's not posting a source link. I don't know......but there are plenty that do post a link and I still don't take them seriously.....just saying.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

You'd think as many posts that you make daily that you'd know by now to post a source, I don't take anyone seriously that doesn't give a source.



Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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