Pia Lopez/ plopez@sacbee.com

Standing among acres of scorched lands on Dec. 30, 2013, with nothing but blackened dead trees, brown needles and ash along a dirt track off Evergreen Road 30 miles from the Groveland gateway community to Yosemite National Park, John Buckley, long-time executive director of the nonprofit Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, explains how strategic salvage logging can leave enough of the largest diameter trees to have ecological benefits. In the aftermath of the Rim Fire, which burned 257,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and private timberland from Aug. 17, 2013, until it was contained at the end of September. Buckley advocates for a diverse mosaic in the forest, not clear-cutting and uniform replanting.

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