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SPI practices better understood

I’d like to comment on Jeff Ackerman’s column “The value of one good habit,” which referred to Tim Feller of Sierra Pacific Industries. I attended a meeting where Tim was the guest speaker. I came away from his presentation with a much better understanding of how SPI manages its forest lands. I was also surprised to learn that SPI plants more trees than it cuts. But the most surprising thing that I learned was that SPI has done numerous studies about clear-cutting, and had data that proved that clear cuts do not negatively affect a stream. Tim even can show that a clear cut can positively affect a waterway by adding light to allow for better growth while not significantly affecting the water temperature. What most impressed me was that SPI has done so many more studies than the United States government in order to comply with all the rules and regulations imposed upon it. I have to give Tim a great deal of credit for keeping his “cool” while so many of those around him are letting their emotions get the best of them. Good column!

Beverley Gordon



Nevada City


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