No TRO for the Rim Fire Salvage!

As I predicted, there will be no TRO for the Rim Fire, from District Court. Once the sales are sold, restoration work can begin. Let’s hope that SPI has an army of fallers, ready and waiting. I also hope that they will leave the plantation salvage for last. *smirk* Sonora, CA –A Federal Judge in …

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Preparing For Rim Fire Logging Litigation

The battle has begun! The picture below was taken in April, within the Rim Fire, and shows how quickly the bearclover returns, after a fire. Even the manzanita and deer brush have difficulty when the bearclover is so entrenched. California Indians knew that old growth pine and bearclover were the best of their available land …

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Rim Fire Salvage Logging, by SPI

Bob Zybach and I went on a field trip to the Rim Fire. The first stop on the tour showed us the Sierra Pacific Industries’ salvage logging results. I’m posting a medium resolution panorama so, if you click on the picture, you can view it in its full size. You can see the planted surviving giant …

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Repeat Photography and Salvage Logging Recovery

My first attempt at assembling pictures, showing how quickly salvage impacts can “heal”. Here is the current aerial view of this specific area. https://www.google.com/maps/@38.4831284,-120.3639833,223m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en Here is a view of a re-burn that has already occurred, in the same area. Notice the lack of significant mortality, due to having salvaged the area, reducing the fuels of …

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Thinning Contract is Monumental Task (4FRI!)

Thanks to Craig Rawlings and Forest Business Network for this one..Also thanks to Apache Sitgreaves for easy access to photos on Flickr. Check out their site here .. the albums are interestin, including a couple on fires and post-fire flooding. Here’s the link and below are some quotes. However, Horner said, “It’s a really monumental …

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More Rim Fire Pictures

All too often, once a firestorm goes cold, a fickle public thinks the disaster is over with, as the skies clear of smoke. In the situation of the Rim Fire, the public hasn’t had much chance to see the real damages within the fire’s perimeter. All back roads have been closed since the fire was …

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The Transformation of Timberland Ownership and Markets in North America

Thanks to Craig Rawlings of the Forest Business Network for posting this here. It’s not every day I get to hear one of America’s top forest industry CEOs speak on the global state of our industry. Mike Covey, CEO of Potlatch Corporation, recently spent the day in Missoula meeting with University of Montana College of …

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Logical Inconsistencies in Some Selected Positions Taken by those Who Oppose Sound Forest Management

Position 1: Management by foresters has a consistently negative impact on the global environment and is therefore an unacceptable alternative to letting nature take its course. Logical Inconsistencies: – Management of endangered/threatened species by biologists is necessary to save them in spite of the evolutionary process of survival of the fittest. – Management of non …

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Timber In Oregon and Much Much More

This is the city of Beaverton, OR library. You would think that information about the forest sector would be readily available in Oregon, and sure enough, thanks to a helpful friend of the blog at OSU, these reports were found. An amazing amount of information and helpful graphics. Check them out! ..they probably are on …

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To Manage, Perchance to Sell, Forest Vegetation on Public Lands: Why or Why Not?

We have been discussing what lies behind our different worldviews on a deeper level, or at least trying to, for some time. Recently, Mike Wood asked us to talk about our interests here. For some reason, this ran out of steam, but now our guest, Bryan Bird, volunteered to engage in this discussion. The discussion …

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