Rebalancing this legacy should begin with no more road building or clear-cut logging
, especially of old trees.
Some of the lower Rogue's roadless lands would be turned into timber management areas designated for clear-cut logging
However, the Bureau of Land Management's Western Oregon Plan Revision puts money at center stage, claiming that tripling the volume of clear-cut logging
in old-growth forests will bring an economic windfall.
And no one has even suggested a ban on clear-cut logging
, a major contributor to the degradation of county watersheds.
Selective cutting with more frequent entries is preferable for many small-tract owners, who are often ill-suited by clear-cut logging
, with its decades-long wait until planted trees become harvestable again.
The WOPR is a Bush administration throw-back that rekindles the controversy of the timber wars and returns to the unsustainable clear-cut logging
that perpetuated the boom and bust economic cycles that crippled rural communities in Oregon.
The Bush administration remains intent on pushing forward with an ill-conceived plan to massively increase timber harvests and provide federal payments to rural counties by reducing habitat protections and opening old growth forests to clear-cut logging
Why it didn't include fish is beyond me, because the clear-cut logging
has impacted fish barren waters everywhere, all over.
The amount of clear-cut logging
on private forests is disturbing.
The conservative commissioners have already aligned Lane County with the Association of O&C Counties, a group dedicated to restarting clear-cut logging
on federal O&C lands, despite current environmental regulations.
In the most famous such case, Seattle federal district court Judge William Dwyer noted "a remarkable series of violations of environmental laws" regarding Forest Service clear-cut logging
of old-growth forests in Oregon and Washington in which the threatened northern spotted owl lived.
Heavy applications of toxic herbicides is both legal and common under these weak rules, as is clear-cut logging