Logging Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest

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Bob Frazier on January 24, 2011

I believe the photo is accurately placed, however this is neither the Klamath National Forrest nor a photograph of logging. This is actually a west looking view of a small portion of the half million acre Biscuit fire (2002) in the Siskiou NF.

http://timtraveler.c… on January 24, 2011

Thanks for the name correction! Siskiyou NF it is.

Regarding logging, I know what I saw! Salvage logging, yes, but still logging. From Wikipedia:

"Since the fire, the United States Forest Service has been trying to log most of the severely burnt area...This will be the largest recorded timber sale in U.S. history, and a landmark case setting the future for all fires in national forests."

(Note the logging roads cut into the mountainsides in the left background.)

Pat Cassidy on April 11, 2012

And logging is bad? No need for wood products?

NOT salvage logging after a fire is a waste of millions of dollars of America's resources.

http://timtraveler.c… on April 11, 2012

Salvage logging degrades the delicate fire-affected forest even more. Salvage logging requires the construction of access roads (see photo). Sediment from this construction, from truck traffic and heavy equipment operating on slopes silts up streams, destroys fish habitat, etc. Put a price on this, and then do the math.

Nature will regenerate the forest from the fallen trees much more readily than from a barren slope (or one that has been cleared and then replanted as a monocrop.) It has been doing so for millennia.

With the construction slow-down in the U.S., much of the Northwest's timber is now destined for export. The Japanese have learned to preserve their diminishing forests. Maybe we'll learn to preserve our forest environment for future generations and not cash it out for a quick profit.

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