Consider this a companion piece to the post that Sharon just made here.
In this piece from August 2018 – two months before the historic and deadly wildfires in Paradise, California – the following section caught my eye:
Push for regulatory relief
Meantime, the [California Forestry Association] wants to change rules and regulations to make it easier for private industry to thin forested land. The group also suggests increased logging could benefit rural areas in Northern California where poverty and job losses have been problems.
[Rich] Gordon, the [California Forestry Association president and] CEO, insists the industry isn’t pushing for more clear-cutting of forested lands — a practice the Sierra Club opposes. Rather, he said, the industry advocates “selectively removing smaller trees on a landscape so that the bigger trees (which are more resilient to fire and store more carbon) can survive and do better.”
Kathryn Phillips, director of the Sierra Club California, said the environmental group is not opposed to what she calls “selective logging and those sort of things. We’re opposed to going in and unnecessarily disrupting the environment and doing forest management practices that will lead to worse fires, and some forest practices do.”
She said the practice of clear-cutting and planting trees all at the same time creates added risk for the forest because “you don’t have diversity. That makes them more susceptible to fires. Older trees tend to burn less and slower. So you want to have a lot of diversity.”
Some conservative lawmakers believe environmental groups share blame for the state’s current fire risk.
“Extreme environmental groups have for years stated that we shouldn’t thin our forests because of the benefits of carbon that is stored,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach. “However, the carbon that is currently being released with these out-of-control wildfires is dramatically greater than we would have if our forests were responsibly managed.”
As I posted as a comment over at Sharon’s original blog post, above and below are some visual examples of “responsibly managed” (?!?) Sierra Pacific Industries lands that are located within 10 to 25 miles, just north of Paradise, California. Will Rich Gordon, president and CEO of the California Forestry Association demand that Sierra Pacific Industries immediately halt all clearcutting and focus only on “selectively removing small trees?” Also, what type of “regulatory relief” is really needed to “selectively remove small trees?”