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Old Forests Just in the Way

Welcome to what used to be and old-growth forest. Then it became the Batwings timber sale. Now it is just nasty. No matter the excuses, the destruction of old growth is an ugly sight.
Neatening the forest
Neatening the forest
Is there really a need for a two-lane mud road through this former old growth?
Is there really a need for a two-lane mud road through this former old growth?
So pretty
So pretty
Mud roads replace old growth.
Mud roads replace old growth.
This tree was originally marked to be saved, then remarked to be cut. Que sera.
This tree was originally marked to be saved, then remarked to be cut. Que sera.
Trashing the trees that are left standing demonstrates contempt.
Trashing the trees that are left standing demonstrates contempt.
"Leave tree" knocked over and another one cut down and piled for trucking.
A giant timber plantation is the officially designated Desired Future Condition.
A giant timber plantation is the officially designated Desired Future Condition.
What needs to be said?

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the pics do say it all, but... 30.Aug.2004 14:43

elkman

they should also motivate folks to action! it's not too late for other sales.

Enviros Resist Global Warming Solutions 30.Aug.2004 14:59

nomad

The corp scientist shills also endeavor to make the case that older trees aren't as efficient at CO2 uptake as younger, more densely placed, faster growning trees.

Therefore, in the claimed interest of reducing greenhouse gases, they push the case to take out the old growth and convert the forest to agribusiness monocrop plantations of equal aged young 'uns. More "win-win".

It's no accident that the USFS is a subsidiary agency of the U$ Dept. of Agriculture. The National Forests are crop holdings first. Their functions as habitat are malleable and subordinate to capitalist economic forces.

the forest breathes 30.Aug.2004 20:47

indyphx

I once sat on the edge of a stand of mature forest in the Oregon Coast mountain range. I looked out over a large clear cut of broken land and splintered tree remnants. On the other side of the warzone like clear cut, the forest continued on over the mountain. Over that forest, you could see the cloud banks floating and swirling slowly as if being in-haled and ex-haled out of this great forest body. Over the clear cut - the clouds would vanish - choked off from the void of life. For the first time I could comprehend the function of these forests beyond just aesthetic beauty.

I feel EXACTLY the same way when I see the wholesale destruction of our extremely rare old growth forests up there in the Great Northwest. It's ugly, greedy, and so unnecessary. My question to proponents of old growth harvesters: If jobs are so important, then what is your plan for jobs once these old growth stands are all destroyed?

What ever their answer is, I say, "Ok, then why don't you just implement that now? Leave these forests as a reminder of what your regrowth should one day look like."

It aint no never mind 30.Aug.2004 23:46

been gone too long

In the end, the arguments are all too false.

Does it matter that the timber sale program has lost money since the 1950s? Does it matter that the timber sale program has pushed countless (yes, countless since there is no true count) species to extinction? Has it mattered that between 1978 and 1988 the forest products industry lost 20% of their jobs in the PacNW during their greatest harvest years? Does it matter that subsidized companies kick-back profits from their subsidized timber sales to both Mule and Pachyderm members of Congress? Does it matter that most of the US thinks that National Forests aren't logged? Does it matter at all?

Yup.

Pissed Off 30.Aug.2004 23:48

Enough Already

This is in our back yard, damn it. This is 20 minutes from Timothy Lake. This is just crap.

think globally 31.Aug.2004 11:13

act locally

This is our backyard. Its also Alaska. Indonesia. Malaysia. Siberia. Amazonia. Congo...

When is a road not a road. . .? 02.Sep.2004 15:54

Hal E. Burton

So repeal the roadless rules and by my reckoning a twenty foot wide road takes out an acre of forest for about every half mile of road (43,560 sq ft to an acre).

Yeah, it's a crop alright. Yeah, trees are "decadent" when they don't uptake as much CO2. But, remember how penicillin was discovered? The cures for the next round of diseases are in old growth forest -- whether here, Tongass, Amazon or elsewhere.

But given the current administration's deficit spending ways, we're doing the Louis the Sun King:
"After me, the flood...!"

(What ever happened to his regime...? I don't quite seem to recall...)