Enviro-Pinocchio’s statements ‘hogwash’ | TheUnion.com

Enviro-Pinocchio’s statements ‘hogwash’

A false statement and an attempt to use studies incorrectly occurred recently in two letters in The Union by the same environmentalist. He falsely claims “the timber industry does not purchase trees less than 14 inches.”

The statement is hogwash. In truth, about half of the surviving mills left in the Sierra are designed for small logs. The two closest small-log mills to Nevada County cut logs down to between 5 and 6 inches in diameter. Logs larger than 16 inches in diameter, measured from the small end side of the log, won’t fit. The small-log facility at Quincy cuts down to a 4-inch diameter log, making one 2×4 and chipping everything else, all in one process.

In another letter, he tries to prove trees don’t grow as fast in California as a local USFS land manager recently stated. However, the USFS studies the environmentalist cites as proof came from fire-excluded forests that developed with too many trees. Exactly the point the USFS employee made.

Forests with healthy, well-spaced trees grow bigger, faster and healthier than do dense, sickly forests. Adding a more information shows the environmentalist inadvertently corroborated the USFS’ point.

Robert Ingram

Grass Valley

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