June 01, 2016

Using Post-Fire Timber Salvage to Restore Spotted Owl Habitat

Lawson Fite

Spotted owls and logging are often thought of as being in perpetual opposition, the yin and yang of forest management. This view has always been an oversimplification. The forest products industry is concerned with the health of timberlands, and it recognizes the need for sustainable and renewable harvest levels. At the same time, many members of the environmental community do not view timber harvest as bad in itself, but are concerned about the effects of that harvest. Unfortunately, land-management direction has reinforced this divide, to the detriment of owls and timber, and has unleashed a new shared enemy: fire.

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