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FW: E-M:/ Huron Manistee Forest "

Title: FW: E-M:/ Huron Manistee Forest "
Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Who knows what "no pablo" means???

This notice has something to do with Kirtland's Warbler

Federal Register: February 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 38)]
[Page 11552-11553]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

An explanation from the source.  Loren is the District Ranger in the sale area.  I ask Loren for info on this sale, because as salvage sales go this one is as well done as any.  They left a lot of the project area alone to recover on it's own, to let nature have it's way.

In areas where they logged, they felt it was justified based on production of KW habitat, as this camp fire caused fire is in KW critical habitat area.  While I have some reservation about parts of this project, over all I think Loren and his staff have done an exceptional job with the “no pablo” project.

Tim Flynn

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Hi, Tim.  

Our previous fire disatcher was Paul Schmidtke, who
like me, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Costa Rica.  His Tico
pseudonym is Pablo (Spanish for Paul, mine is Lorenzo).  The fire received
its name because "Pablo" missed the big one (should have been called the Sin
Pablo Fire, but Lauri doesn't speak Spanish).  

The area burned was about
5,200 acres.  We decided to treat approximately 277 acres.  Part of that
(approx. 190 acres) is salvage of fire-killed red pine, mostly pole and
small sawtimber.  Another approx. 87 acres of mature jack that was singed
but not killed will be harvested to create KW habitat.  It was Phil's
professional opinion that too many trees in this stand survived for jack
pine to regenerate adequately for warblers, and that leaving the stand would
fragment regenerated areas into sub-optimal warbler habitat (because of
small size).  

This was part of the proposed Mack-the-Knife sale that was
scoped prior to the fire.  Other parts of the proposed Mack-the-Knife sale
were burned sufficiently that we felt that KW habitat would be produced
without any salvage.  I don't have the acreage of this area at hand (we can
dig it out if you really want to know).  There were 100's of acres of other
pole and sawtimber stands under which surface fires burned without killing
the majority of overstory trees.  

No salvage is proposed for these areas.
There are also possibly 100's of acres of pole and sawtimber stands that
were killed but won't be salvaged (for instance some oak and aspen stands,
which we expect to regenerate naturally).  These will provide lots of
wildlife habitat for cavity nesters and early successional species. About
2,500 acres of JP regeneration from the Mack Lake Fire were burned and we
think that much of these will produce KW habitat.  There is a large number
aspen clones within the Mack Lake Fire area that were killed back and have
resprouted vigorously.