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April Bark for Mt. Hood

The April Bark for Mt. Hood Community Televison will feature a groundtruthing field trip to the Bearknoll timber sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. It will play on channel 11 Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 pm.
The Bearknoll timber sale is a particular egrigious one, being quite large, of high elevation and in an area which has suffered much cutting already.

Quoting Bark:

"According to the USFS, "the maximum growth cycle of the trees has reached its peak and is now declining. The majority of the tree component is western hemlock and most of the older trees are infested with Indian paint fungus, which is causing severe decay losses. These conditions will impede or prevent the forest from providing wood products on a fully sustainable basis, based on the capability and suitability of the land." This sale targets old growth hemlocks for being old - ie slowing their growth and showing signs of an endemic disease. Bark is concerned about the Hemlock bias inherent in this proposed action. Hemlock may not be the most desireable tree for timber production, but it is the naturally occuring climax species in the area."

This hike is extremely informative, and among other things, discusses roads and road building, forest succession, discussions and definitions of "regeneration mosaic'" and "shelterwoods," and an introduction to indian paint fungus, which is the reason/excuse forest service is using to cut much of this area.
Again, it will play on channel 11 this Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 pm.
The Bark information page for Bearknoll is Bearknoll Timber Sale

For a 15 minute audio file of this hike:

homepage: homepage: http://www.PhilosopherSeed.org/audio.htm

fixin'it, hopefully 22.Apr.2003 09:38

Jim

Something didn't work right in the URL for the audio file: Audio File