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 annual variability in nitrate contributions to the clearcut forest from the grass buffer complicated consideration of the effects of the clearcutting
. There was a general decrease in nitrate concentrations in the clearcut area after the harvest even in 1993 when contributions from the grass buffer to the clearcut were similar to the pre cur condition.
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.
Using my data, I also calculated a recruitment estimate, defined as the density of plants that had been recruited into the plantation per year since clearcutting
. The year of clearcutting
ranged from 1965 to 1980 (clearcutting
dates from the U.S.
"Its effects are similar to clearcutting
forests, but are more extensive," says the MCBI's Elliott Norse.
Current management practice is to leave a 20-m-wide buffer of trees between a bay and clearcuts to minimize potential effects of clearcutting
on the wetlands.