Clear cutting is deforestation |

Clear cutting is deforestation

I was happy to see The Union article about the logging operation near Empire Mine State park. It brings into public view an issue that is intentionally hidden by the logging industry and the Forest Service. One need only fly over the Sierra in winter to see the devastation of clear cutting. As far as the eye can see, the forest is pock marked with thousands of clear cuts made visible by the snow. It is policy to locate these clear cuts just out of public view. It only takes a couple hundred feet of natural forest to hide a several hundred acre clear cut. Driving highways 80, 49, or 20 for example, one has no idea that just over the hill and out of site are large tracks of completely deforested carnage. Of course, eventually those clear cuts will be planted with a single species tree in perfectly aligned rows. Just like a corn field, the trees are much more susceptible to insects, disease, and yes, fire! Clear cutting is deforestation plain and simple. It has nothing to do with fire prevention. It is an environmentally unsound procedure that should be severely curtailed.

Terry Gerson

Nevada City

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