Right in Portland's backyard are two examples of the problems with thinning:
1) "Stewardship contracting" is a specific type of contract being used on National Forests and Bureau of Land Management. It allows the agency to use the money from the sale of logs to be used for restoration work like creating fish habitat. Congress has jumped on this as reason for continuing to fund this restoration work. The result is that the cause of much of the habitat destruction in our national forests, logging, is now also being considered the answer. In Mt. Hood National Forest, this resulted in a $1 million increase in funding for logging in 2007. In the meantime funding for restoration and other forest needs like recreation continued to stay low.
2) Thinning is simply logging fewer trees than clearcutting. The compaction of the soil, the drying of the forest floor through canopy removal, and the infrastructure (roads) needed for thinning has dramatic impacts on the land. Every winter Oregonians watch as forest roads collapse into our streams, and these roads have no preference for if they are transporting thinned trees or clearcut trees. Instead of discussing "how much logging can we get away with," shouldn't we be discussing how to protect our clean drinking water from these forests?
Alex P. Brown
Bark-defenders of Mt. Hood National Forest
For examples of damaging thinning see the Oregonian story on the Annie's Cabin Timber Sale: http://www.bark-out.org/content/article.php?section=news&id=398
And the most recent road collapse in Mt. Hood National Forest: http://www.bark-out.org/content/article.php?section=news&id=421
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