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Here are a couple of forestry articles that I thought would be of interest.
Although national in scope, they relate to Michigan, since -

1) Old growth is in a process of recovery in Michigan's national and state
forests; policy discussions that relate to the value of old growth will
affect how the Huron-Manistee, Hiawatha, Ottawa, and state forests are managed;

2) National discussions on the role of fire and fire suppression in forest
management will affect management decisions in Michigan's national forests.

John Rebers
CUP Group, Sierra Club



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PLANTING NEW FORESTS CAN'T MATCH SAVING OLD ONES IN CUTTING GREENHOUSE
GASES, STUDY FINDS
from The New York Times
A new study has cast doubts on an important element of a proposed treaty to
fight global warming: the planting of new forests in an effort to sop up
carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas.
The research concludes that old, wild forests are far better than
plantations of young trees at ridding the air of carbon dioxide, which is
released when coal, oil and other fossil fuels are burned.
The United States and other countries with large land masses want to use
forest plantations to meet the goals of the proposed treaty. The study's
authors say that any treaty also needs to protect old forests and that, so
far there is no sign that such protections are being considered.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/22/science/22FORE.html>

FEDERAL AGENCIES FACE QUESTIONS AFTER WORST WILDFIRE SEASON EVER
from The San Francisco Chronicle
In the aftermath of the worst wildfire season in U.S. history, it is perhaps
understandable that some people are looking for places to affix blame. And
the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are
convenient targets.
Indeed, Western governors and congressional representatives initially
pounced on the fires as an opportunity to excoriate the Clinton
administration for mismanaging the forests by allowing excessive quantities
of brush and deadwood -- ``fuels'' in wildfire parlance -- to build up.
The solution, they say, is more logging, both to reduce fuel loads and to
allow firefighters better access to forests, because logging operations
require roads.
But most wildfire and woodland ecologists don't think it's that simple.
Different forests, they maintain, require different approaches.
<http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2000/09/22/MN8423.DTL&type=
science>

John Rebers (jrebers@nmu.edu)
Central Upper Peninsula Group, Sierra Club
338 West Crescent Street
Marquette, MI  49855

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