McClintock's forest-recovery plan will work

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re "McClintock is tangling Rim fire recovery efforts" (Editorials, Jan. 12): In its crusade to discredit Rep. Tom McClintock and specifically, his Rim Fire salvage logging plan, The Bee Editorial Board got it wrong. The editorial pictures McClintock hurriedly authorizing lumber companies to run roughshod over forest lands. Nothing could be further from the truth. McClintock's proposal, modeled after Democrat Sen. Tom Daschle's plan to salvage dead timber in the Black Hills National Forest, places U.S. Forest Service personnel in control of the restoration process, protecting the environment. Felled, burned timber begins to deteriorate rapidly within one year. So, The Bee apparently supports a program of "benign neglect," wherein a quarter-million acres of destroyed timber is left to rot, as beetles turn a forest ecosystem into scrubland, while study after study is conducted. After countless delays, reforestation becomes that much more difficult and costly. Is that really the right choice?

-- Michael Miro, El Dorado Hills,

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