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Lots of blame in forest?

“Unfortunately, on private lands” (letter Jan. 29, the author apparently referring to those in California) “there still remain few restrictions to traditional forest exploitation. Our forests and our fisheries have suffered for it.”

As a professional forester practicing for over a half century, let me say this:

Little could be farther from the truth. California regulates timber harvests on private lands more rigorously and more restrictively than any state in the Union, and quite possibly any country in the world. Lay out $5 for the current “California Forest Practice Rules” and read them. Read just one timber harvest plan that a land owner desiring to take timber must submit to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). Go with one of our CDF forestry professionals on a pre-harvest inspection of a timber harvest or timber management plan. You might come away a little scratched and winded, but you’d be better informed. Indeed our forests, our wildlife and our fisheries are the better for what we practice in this state.

Peter Arnold, RPF

Grass Valley

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