A study completed by Eugene-based ECONorthwest was presented to the Siskiyou National Forest this week, along with ecological findings from the Corvallis-based Conservation Biology Institute (CBI). Both groups warned of substantial risks in a large-scale salvage logging project in the Biscuit fire area on the Siskiyou National Forest.
ECONorthwest claimed that the salvage project would likely cost taxpayers more than what would be economically gained."They seem to forget that logging is a very expensive, very risky, very dangerous enterprise - economically, physically and ecologically," said economist Ernie Niemi, vice president of ECONorthwest. "It looks like a big economic gap to me. I don't know the exact numbers, or the exact places on the land where they would log, but the economic hurdle the Forest Service has to get over is very high for it to come to the taxpayers and say, 'This is a good deal.' ''
CBI does not dismiss the possibility of some salvage logging in the area, however they are very concerned about a large-scale salvage project. CBI President and ecologist Jim Strittholt said, "There is no scientific justification to say that salvage logging is a benefit ecologically."