Bunny Huggers Need to Learn the Importance of Logging
80 years ago this month, one of the worst forest fires in the
world began in the coast range, west of Portland known as the Tillamook burn. Three major fires over 8 years, beginning in 1933
burned 350-thousand acres. The stories
you’ll see in the Daily Dead Fishwrapper, and on tv will talk about the fires,
and the smoke, and the devastation. They
may even mention the one billion seeds dropped from helicopters and 72,000 tree seedlings planted. They will
probably leave out the huge bond measure passed by the Oregon
legislature…millions paid by taxpayers to replant the forest. They will likely leave out the promise that the acres would be a 300,000 acre tree farm that would produce a natural wealth producing resource.
Today, the state allows less than half the
logging that the forest could support. If you love trees, you should know that by letting those trees get
older, they're just setting up the next Tillamook burn. If the state allowed sustained yield logging,
where you cut as much as the forest grows every year, you keep it healthy and
green. Jobs and tax revenue will soon follow.
If you let it get old and overgrown,
you just set up the next Tillamook burn…all in the name of loving the forest.