Scare tacticson forests by whom? |

Scare tacticson forests by whom?

A recent “Other Voices” accuses Tahoe Forest Supervisor Steve Eubanks of using “scare tactics” concerning wildfire threat. The writer states logging will triple in the larger, fire-resistant trees.

Not disclosed is that the amended Sierra Nevada Framework Plan only allows harvest of trees smaller than 30 inches in diameter. Locally, trees easily reach this size in 50 years, and forest visitors usually consider larger trees as being over 50 inches, and many trees attain the 50-inch size in 80 years. The amended plan would not harvest a fourth of the annual growth of the Sierra.

Quoting sources that agree with one’s opinion is easy, but respected scientists and practitioners believe that the original plan’s decision would not meet fire goals. Folks attending the “Conversation on the Forest” held locally a couple of years ago heard eminent scientists address the plan’s inadequacies.

As for Eubanks “sitting on his hands,” the author neglects the costs of implementing the framework – funding never materialized. The opinion stated that 319,000 acres near communities need fuel treatment. Treatment costs about $700 per acre; over $223 million are needed. Where does the money come from? The writer presented no fiscal solutions. Scare tactics – by whom?

Bruce Van Zee

Nevada City

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