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Old June 8th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #1
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Disturbing trend of deforestation.

Earlier this year, we rode Tomahawk and noticed LOTS of logging around and through the trail system; this weekend we rode Evart, and half of the trail is closed to let logging companies work as they clearcut through the south eastern 5 or so miles of trail.

I have not started research yet, but it seems that our state is drumming up $$$ for the lopsided budget by whoring out our natural resources to the highest bidder.

Worse yet, most logging operations I see from the trail are never re-seeded or re-forested, they seem to just them grow whatever ends up blowing there - weeds, then eventually, lots of seedling trees.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 07:34 AM   #2
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Shouldn't this be public knowledge some where? Prior years vs projected for this year?
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Old June 8th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #3
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Shouldn't this be public knowledge some where? Prior years vs projected for this year?
Absolutely, I just have not had the time to search for it.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:39 AM   #4
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All I can find on the DNR website is the current proposals for sale, not past.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:43 AM   #5
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All I can find on the DNR website is the current proposals for sale, not past.
Probably because they don't want to easily give out ammunition against themselves.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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You just don't get it. Clear cutting helps the forest. Geez.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:58 AM   #7
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That's what forest certification does for us.....
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Old June 8th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #8
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You just don't get it. Clear cutting helps the forest. Geez.
I know it sounds goofy, but after watching a documentary on Yellowstone, the forests come back from a fire/clear cut much stronger then they once were.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #9
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Should be able to FOIA (freedom of information act) something like that, if they won't readily give you the info. I haven't looked into it at all, so I'm probably barking up the wrong tree (forgive the pun) but I thought that FOIA was so that anyone could request public records in a "streamlined" manor.

You're right though, I noticed that about 5-6 years ago in the St Helen area. Used to cruise through tree-lined routes and admire the scenery, but now you can pretty much see everything from the scramble area.
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