Wyden Making Waves
Senator Ron Wyden has been making waves with his new legislation. It’s aimed at stopping the battles over logging on national forest land and getting harvesting underway to create healthier forests.
It’s a step in the right direction — focussing on incentives for thinning, while banning the harvest of old growth. Both the timber industry and the environmentalists are in favor of such legislation, but both feel this particular bill needs a little more depth.
“Forests can’t be managed based on the age of individual trees,” Tom Partin, president of the American Forest Resource Council, said in a statement. “Simple solutions just don’t work when you are trying to manage for forest health and type diversity across the landscape.”
This bill will probably be introduce later this spring. What are your thoughts?