Study questions value of post-fire logging

Gilman, Sarah
February 2006
High Country News;2/6/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p3
The article focuses on the study conducted by the Oregon State University's College of Forestry wherein a team of graduate students and scientists is defending its controversial view on post-fire logging. Significantly, foresters commonly argue that post-fire logging removes dangerous flammable dead wood, and that forests recover faster when logged and replanted. The researchers have found out that areas of the Siskiyou Mountains burned by the 2002 Biscuit fire was bristling with naturally established conifer two years later. Furthermore, they also contended that salvage logging killed three-quarters of the new trees, and elevate fire danger by scattering tinder on the ground. The study has created a controversy when it appeared in the prestigious journal "Science" wherein it prompted a backlash from within the College of Forestry. The school have asked the publication to remove the study from the journal. Finally, the study is a growing body of literature that questions the ecological value of post-fire logging.


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