Where I Stand: Forest Service should be dedicated to healthy forests; event Sunday

There are some really wonderful people working for the US Forest Service. It is clear however, that as an agency, its current policies are harming the forest, impacting tourism, and increasing—rather than decreasing— the wildfire threat to our mountain communities. We need to have a serious talk about the emerging science showing that current forest management practices are dangerously counterproductive, undermining the stated goals of these activities. The future of beautiful Plumas County (and the people who live here) is at stake.
Some of these issues were recently brought up in a really great video by the informed perspective of Zeke Lunder from the-lookout.org interviewing Jim Klump, who worked for the Forest Service and has some interesting views on existing practice.
From the post-Claremont fire salvage-logging-scarred mountains southeast of Quincy to the horrific and unnecessary dozer lines through the Bucks Lake Wilderness, to the Forest Service’s failure to control motorized trespass off existing roads and into wilderness areas, many of us say Enough is Enough. Now, as part of the Mapes Crocker logging plan, they want to allow the destruction of one of the last groves of large conifers in Eastern Plumas  the Crocker Grove, near Lake Davis, under the false premise of “aspen restoration.” We don’t buy it.
It is also an insult to the public that trees along the Lake Davis trail were marked for cutting with blue spray-paint before the public even had a chance to weigh in on the scoping or environmental analysis which could have changed the entire plan. The Forest Service claim that “contractors were available” is no excuse to hijack the public process and waste limited tax-payer funding. It’s clear the agency has become dangerously disinterested in what the public has to say about how to manage our public land, and simply want to get on with industrial logging (aka mechanical thinning), a practice that should be immediately halted in light of the quickly escalating climate emergency.
The Forest Service either needs to be totally overhauled to become an agency dedicated to the health of forests or simply abolished if it cannot fulfill this mission.
Come and see for yourself what the Forest Service wants to allow to be done on YOUR public lands, this Sunday July 31st— meet at 9am at the Portola Park across from the library and caravan to the site of the grove were we will have a discussion and bring-your-own picnic gathering. Bring lots of water and sun protection.
The agencies threatening local forests—using our own tax dollars—is a critical emergency, and an “all hands on deck” situation. Protecting—rather than destroying forests—should be the goal of any management activity and this is simply not the case at the moment.
Please join us. More details at: FeatherRiverAction.org


Josh Hart
Feather River Action!