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Muir would be ashamed of project

As an interested observer of forest policy, I feel compelled to finally respond to comments written in this paper by the executive director of the John Muir Project.

The position of the John Muir Project is clear (and John Muir would be ashamed of you). They’re against thinning small-diameter trees. They’re against salvaging fire-killed timber. Their agenda is to stop all commercial logging on our national forests. OK, fine, I’ve got your point. Typically and sadly enough though, the leaders of these groups bring no creative solutions to the problems that we face in the management of our forests: How do we provide a sustainable supply of wood products to our society while protecting and enhancing the forest environment? The Sierra Club answer is to do nothing (again … John Muir would be ashamed of you).

As a society we cannot ignore that we have a responsibility to intelligently manage our forestlands to produce the products we use every day. Consider the following facts:

— Our national forests constitute 70 percent of California’s forestlands.

— In California we use over 4.4 billion board feet of lumber each year.

— It is estimated that California’s demand for wood products will increase by 50 percent by the year 2020.

It is time to get constructive and figure out ways to produce the forest products needed to meet our societies’ growing demand right here in this very productive timber growing area. I say to those who wish to block all forest management on our national forests: “Unless you are part of the solution, you are the problem” … and you are exporting the problem somewhere else, where there is less-stringent environmental regulation.

David Harcus


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