Must act on forests

06/07/2014 8:06 AM

06/09/2014 4:40 PM

Re "Please don't let our burned-out national forest become a national ashtray" (Viewpoints, June 4) They performed this forest restoration and pre-fire treatment at the Plumas-Eureka State Park in Plumas County. The forest thinning is near clear-cut. The few remaining trees are killed or wounded by the prescribed fire. The result of this treatment rivals a forest fire except forest fire rejuvenates a forest.

This massive mechanized thinning makes no sense until you learn that eight forest biomass energy engines are proposed for Plumas County. It appears the real motivation is profit at the expense of our forests.

Our forests are vital to the survival of life on Earth. What needs to be done is for Congress to declare a forest emergency and fund an army of foresters to replant the forest and meticulously remove accumulated forest debris and dead trees. It is more the case to surgically assist the forest instead of butchering the forest for industrial firewood and profit

-- Mark Mihevc, Graeagle

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