Logging is an excuse, not a management tool
It certainly is obvious to me, during my review of countless federal logging proposals in Texas, gussied up as projects to save the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, that the Forest Service has simply found another excuse to hide its logging behind. At least in Texas, and I suspect in most of the rest of the nation, logging is still the "King Hammer" that the Forest Service uses for every conceivable purpose. I am tired of seeing beautiful rolling landscapes logged and turned from a diverse mixture of pines and hardwoods to evenly spaced, "open, park-like" pine monocultures, burned every two to five years, no matter what the Forest Service’s own ecological research says.
How long will it take High Country News to catch on that the Forest Service dog cannot be taught new tricks? That dog does hunt (log) and trees are what it is pointing at.
Brandt Mannchen, Forestry Chair
Houston Sierra Club