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Re: E-M:/ Roadless corrections

Enviro-Mich message from "Murray Dailey" <murphwild1@hotmail.com>


We should indeed be up in arms in opposition to stewardship logging..  
Stewardship logging is a euphemism for implementing scientifically unsound 
projects--logging or otherwise.  There is overwhelming emperical evidence 
which shows over-logging and monocultures are the cause of many current 
chronic forest health problems, and wildfire catastrophes.

The "hogwash" of the Rudyard LTE forest health logging which you highlight, 
is pervasive and systematic.  You cannot have your forests and cut them too.

Millions and millions of acres of public forests in this state and country 
have been senselessly and tragically  logged under one guise or another.   
Let us remember the logging of green forests, ancient and otherwise,  under 
the salvage rider--nine sales in Michigan's Ottawa NF.

The near certainty of "Stewardship Riders" and forest destruction bills by 
congresspeople such as Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)  
are all too real nationally, and on a project, state and forest level.

The FS are in the business of business with the industries who ravage our 
land and manipulate the population which inhabits it-human and non-human.  
The FS are not the Park Service, and the FS  logs for business not 
stewardship.  The scraped-clean mountains, the tired worn countryside, the 
frail, sterile converted forests, the ravaged river banks and sully soiled 
streams are the proof. The decades of abuse are the proof. The diminished 
culture  are the proof.

Many prominent biologists say the earth could lose one quarter to one third 
of all species within a few years.   Biologists also warn that all 
vertebrate evolution is coming to an end.  Are we truly this selfish, or 
just unwilling to see.

All our public lands should be preserved.  Ask for it in a simple call to 
your congresspersons. Demand protection.

Murray Dailey

PS.  Sure, it is good to change the minds, and gain allies (or information) 
with agency staff (FS and DNR), but this will not solve the core problem.

>From: "David E. Allen" <dallen@nmu.edu>
>Reply-To: "David E. Allen" <dallen@nmu.edu>
>To: <anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org>
>CC: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
>Subject: Re: E-M:/ Roadless corrections
>Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 10:28:00 -0500
>Enviro-Mich message from "David E. Allen" <dallen@nmu.edu>
>I don't think that stewardship logging is something to get up in arms
>about.  However, it is something that us forest watchers have to
>watch.  For example, Stevan Christiansen, District Ranger, HNF, constantly
>refers to "forest health" in justifying some possible logging in the
>Rudyard Clay Flat LTA project set.  This is most likely simple hogwash - a
>healthy forest (stand) has some dead and dying trees, has some disease, has
>some bugs - and most likely should be discredited (there is the
>possibility, of course, that forest health is a real issue, but that is a
>statement demanding empirical support).
>At 09:47 AM 11/17/00 -0800, anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org wrote:
>>Enviro-Mich message from <anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org>
>>  The trouble with Quick and Dirty reviews of documents is that they are
>>  often both!  Taking a closer look at the Final Env. Impact Statement for
>>  Roadless Areas on our National Forests, I realize I looked at the 
>>  info as opposed to the preferred alternative.  Here is what I hope is 
>>  accurate information!!
>>  At this time, the Final EIS has been compiled and a Record of Decision
>>  will be issued by the Chief of the Forest Service no sooner than 30 days
>>  after the issuance of the FEIS.  That Record of Decision will be the 
>>  decision of the Forest Service on this matter, although as I understand 
>>  the President can take steps as well, through executive order or perhaps
>>  some other vehicle, to modify the decision of the Chief.
>>  The information provided in a previous message was based on the EXISTING
>>  status of Michigan's roadless areas -- there are actually 4 -- the 
>>  Plains area in the Ottawa National Forest, the Fiber Area and Government
>>  Island in the Hiawatha National Forest, and Bear Swamp in the Huron
>>  Manistee National Forest.  Total acreage is about 16,000.  Each 
>>  allows for road construction and reconstruction.
>>  The Preferred Alternative presented by the Forest Service in its FEIS is
>>  one with the following policy elements:
>>  "Prohibit Road Construction, Reconstruction and Timber Harvest Except 
>>  Stewardship Purposes Within Inventoried Roadless Areas, While Excepting
>>  Road Reconstruction Needed for Road Safety Improvement and Federal Aid
>>  Highway Projects"
>>  One of the uncertainties that is most concerning is that Stewardship
>>  activities are not clearly defined.  There is concern that timber 
>>  may be justified across the country for all sorts of activities that
>>  aren't warranted.
>>  My apologies for previous misinterpretations of the FEIS!
>>  Anne Woiwode
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