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The Biscuit Timber Sale: So It's Come To This...

This is about the planned conversion of all native forests to tree plantations. The timber industry has been working on this for a long time, originally by cutting down massive numbers of trees at an accelerating rate, and more recently by devising justifications to continue cutting in previously uncut native forest, in the face of growing public opposition.

The timber companies that profit from the extraction of timber from public forests play their loggers' concerns about diminishing job security off against the dastardly environmental organizations, and play the concerns of public off against the government, who they seek to control via massive campaign contributions.

As I was growing up, I was always told that the management of forests was getting better, that clearcuts were a thing of the past. That never was true, and certainly isn't today. Logging has never progressed at a sustainable rate, and never will, until the timber companies acknowledge that they can't just continue to demand more forest to cut when they run out of the old. When their old justifications blatantly fell apart, and the Northwest Forest Plan kicked in to do _something_ about the decline of native forest ecology in te mid-nineties, the industry moved towards fire-scare strategies, of needing to cut forests down before they burst into flames, and throw an element of danger into the lives of people who, for the most part, live hundreds of miles away.
Tractor plowing through the Biscuit Burn
Tractor plowing through the Biscuit Burn
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