Much of the national forest landscape has become one giant densely-packed tinderbox. Who’s at fault for the precarious situation of our forests? The timber industry is at fault; the government is at fault; and ultimately, it is all of our fault, as well.
Almost everyone accepts forest clear-cutting as a given, while the economic damage from smoke alone exceeds the forestry income and it is a root cause of climate change. Let’s see how it is all connected.
After hearing the sound of helicopter logging in the Ashland, Oregon watershed, I looked into forest thinning’s pros and cons. Here is what I found.