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Horne misinformed

In Supervisor Sue Horne’s interview in The Union (Feb. 13), she cites the 2001 Gap Fire on the Tahoe National Forest as an example of why we need more logging to supposedly reduce fire risk, and she claims that dead trees could not be removed after the fire because of litigation. Ms. Horne is badly misinformed.

First of all, the area burned most severely was a 220-acre stand commercially “thinned” several years ago in precisely the manner now proposed under the Bush Administration’s new plan for the Sierra Nevada. Trees 30 inches in diameter were removed and canopy cover was degraded. Most of the surrounding old-growth forest that was not logged burned mildly or moderately.

Second, there was no litigation filed on the Gap fire project, and the dead trees have been removed, though the Forest Service took only the largest trees and left behind the flammable slash debris.



Chad Hanson, Director

John Muir Project


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