A timber sale in Benton County is intended as another test of the theories of two prominent forestry professors who say Northwest woods could use more thinning and clearings.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the “ecological forestry” idea comes from Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington. The Obama administration is working with them to ramp up timber harvest on federal lands, while making forests healthier and improving fish and wildlife habitat.
Conservationists belittle their ideas as “kinder, gentler clear-cuts.” The timber industry wants more intensive logging.
Three pilot projects of their “ecological forestry” ideas are under way in Southern Oregon dry forests. Now, the Bureau of Land Management is proposing a test in a wetter environment in the Coast Range near Monroe.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com