Arizona: large scale ecologically un-credible logging plans promoted

In the words of Obama: “Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence
of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our
collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a
new age.” Keep this in mind when you learn of the work of
environmentalists who purport to be creating a win-win for both a
resource depleted-timber industry, as well as an ailing landscape in
need of protection. These two agendas will always be at odds with each
other! The solutions are in truth really lose-lose fake-solutions.
They’re much like the real estate market just before the bubble
popped! The real solution is in ending all support of a dying timber
industry! The real solution is in focusing on the creation of a new
non-extractive oriented economy that’s based primarily on community
resource mobilization for watershed protection, planning, restoration
and recreation. –Editor, Forest Policy Research

After a decade of muddle and confusion, the way suddenly seems clear
to protect forest communities by restoring forest health. Today’s
front-page story about the consensus agreement on the need for a
small-log timber industry offers one sign of a vital shift in a long
debate. A recent study by researchers from Northern Arizona University
that involved both loggers and environmentalists laid out the
possibilities. The 2.6 million acres of ponderosa pine forests
stretching from Flagstaff to Alpine harbor perhaps a billion cubic
feet of wood in the form of small trees. That’s more than enough wood
to ensure the reinvention of the timber industry across Rim Country
and beyond. That revived timber industry could leave the big, 16-inch
diameter trees untouched and make a nice profit on turning the 5- to
15-inch diameter thickets of struggling, unhealthy trees into a new,
improved form of particle board and other wood products, not to
mention providing fuel for a new kind of power plant that would reduce
the need for expensive imported oil. Of course, forest advocates have
been grappling with the complications of returning the forest to a
healthy condition for years.

What makes the current proposal so
compelling is that NAU estimates have won the backing of government,
public foresters, timber industry executives and even environmental
groups — including the Grand Canyon Trust and the tenacious Centers
for Biological Diversity. Of course, challenges remain. The NAU study
documented some persistent divides among the people who want to
maximize the economic use of the forest and the people who want to
return the forest to natural, old-growth conditions.

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