In the 1980s and '90s, the logging road ushered in accelerated clearcutting
by multinationals without meaningful consultation.
Here at SFASU, research on the wildlife impacts of clearcutting
has generated some interesting initial findings.
And studies show that clearcutting
releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other forestry disturbance, including fire.
The resulting increase in industrial scale clearcutting
is adversely affecting many species of plants, animals, and birds that depend on mature forested landscapes.
The consistent size of timbers demonstrates that loggers were selectively harvesting trees over broad regions rather than clearcutting
one area before moving on.
The California Department of Forestry found that, between 1992 and 1999, SPI increased its clearcutting
by an astounding 2,426 percent.
The annual variability in nitrate contributions to the clearcut forest from the grass buffer complicated consideration of the effects of the clearcutting
Soon, members of the Boulder-based Ancient Forest Rescue were chaining themselves to the Taylor Ranch gates, claiming that "the clearcutting
of pristine old-growth forests" was destroying a unique and valuable culture, damaging the Rio Culebra watershed, and threatening an endangered species.
the Pacific Rain Forest: Production, Science and Regulation (Vancouver: UBC Press 1998)
With the greater use of mechanical harvesting and extensive clearcutting
, public pressures led forest management agencies to provide habitat for some featured species, mainly game, and moose habitat was of primary concern.
Its effects are similar to clearcutting
forests, but are more extensive," says the MCBI's Elliott Norse.
Northern red oak regeneration after preherbicided clearcutting
and shelterwood removal cutting.