Posts Tagged ‘Oregon Forests

05
Jun
09

Western Forests at Risk (Some Normal, Some from Man’s Meddling & the ol’ unintended consequences rule)

Western Pine Bettle

Western Pine Bettle

“A variety of forces and influences has shaped forest ecosystems throughout the evolutionary history of trees and forests.  Native insects and pathogens, extreme weather events, and cyclic fires are part of normal ecosystem structure and function that includes weakening, death, regeneration, recycling, and replacement of trees and forests.  Forests are adapted to endemic levels of native insects and pathogens that periodically become epidemic and temporally cause greater effects that recede with time.  Periodic extremes of weather or long-term shifts in climate are also natural occurrences and forests adapt in a variety of ways.  Fire is also an essential component of forest ecosystems, and provides many beneficial effects when it occurs within normal cycles of frequency and severity….Exotic pathogens have greatly altered the composition, structure, and function of some forests.”     

http://www.thefemaleangle.com/ provided the impetus for a little research.

22
May
09

Oregon Forestry Practices (To harvest or to Cut/Slash/rip/run…that is the question)

logging

Hey, have you been watching those reality shows showcasing Oregon Loggers? Now, the normal thing to say is “Now, I am all for logging, but…….” But, things seem to be regressing re habitat and multiple use balance in Oregon. But, typical of  Oregon politics, decisions are made behind scenes and then the yelling and squeaky wheel factions emerge to fight the closed door decision making. Some one could say, ‘well reports were published and the ability to comment has been available since last June’ …whatever, the citizen is treading water in a piss storm right now and unless the issue is raised in our pathetic local msm, who knows what the hell is going on re forestry..paper products issues.  Steelie Mike does.

Steelie Mike raises the competing Legislative proposals and their impact on Oregon forests and multiple use. I say the Axmen et al, as interesting and dangerous, as their life style may be demonstrate one thing: their slash and run harvesting techniques, deplorably introduced as a competitive effort with other logging outfits is part and parcel with the Oregon Legislature’s attitude toward the resources. Balance! Stop acting like Axmen with our resources. Our Resources!!!!!        

This isn’t urban dictating to rural folks. I have no love of urban pontifications. It is the record thus far is that something is amiss with current practices that have helped cause the ruination of the fisheries. Forest harvesting practices by some have contributed to this. One part of the equation for sure, but without enormous assurances  of the benefits to Oregonians, then I could give a damn about exports if our environment here suffers anymore. Enough is enough.   




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