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Mon Jun 30 2014 (Updated 07/01/14)
Environmental Scientists Ignored to "Make the Timber Industry Happy"
Forest Service Proposes Massive Salvage Logging Project in California's Rim Fire Area
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to log 661 million board feet of timber in the area burned by the Rim fire last summer in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. The new proposal, issued as part of a draft environmental impact statement, would sell almost four times the timber volume sold by the Forest Service in the entire state of California in 2013. It would ignore longstanding rules protecting old-growth trees and destroy habitat for roughly 60 percent of imperiled black-backed woodpeckers.

"It’s little more than an excuse to cut old trees in forests that would otherwise be protected," said Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity. "Decades of science have shown the importance of preserving burned areas for wildlife like black-backed woodpeckers and the function of these complex ecosystems. Throwing that away to make the timber industry happy is shortsighted.”

The forests in the Rim fire area continue to thrive: Hillsides are now covered with blooming flowers and plants, birds are feeding off of the dead trees, new conifers are sprouting, and deer and other wildlife thrive.

Read More | Center for Biological Diversity | See Also: pdf New Report: Logging Would Impede Rim Fire's Benefits for Wildlife, Water, Forest | Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, S. Dakota | New Study: Sierra Forest Fire Severity Is Not Increasing
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