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  •  Logging, or clear cutting? (0+ / 0-)

    Which is it? Anyone know?

    There's a big difference.

    •  Logging. (0+ / 0-)

      They don't do helicopter harvest to limited roads in a clear cutting setup.  They select big nice trees, and take them out, leaving plenty of mature trees left that then grow in to the spaces, in turn becoming big nice trees.

      They know the soils there won't support clear cutting or even extensive networks of roads, which is why they do a combo of roads and helicopters.

      No on Prop 8::Sometimes I get to hitch a ride on the Democratic Bus--they let me stand on the back bumper.

      by steve04 on Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 12:15:08 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah we hear that in PA all the time. (1+ / 0-)
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      There is a difference, but it is not as big as the public is led to believe. Yes, the leave some trees standing, but not that many. They leave one hell of a mess on the ground. There is huge amounts of erosion in the area for the next year or two. Then you are left with a patch of ugly scrub and thickets for the next 10 years. Now the maples, ash, oak, beech, and other hardwoods here can eventually recover, because the ecosystem is more tolerant to it. But temperate rainforests are not.

      Bottom line, you don't need to disturb that ecosystem. Especially if it is just to export it to Asia or the Middle East.

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