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.|
"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: