As the US takes steps to protect old-growth forests, advocates say it’s not enough while industry say it goes too far

By Marianne Lavelle
Inside Climate News in The Inlander
January 11, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

President Joe Biden’s administration last month proposed to end commercially driven logging of old-growth trees in national forests. …But initial responses from both environmentalists and the logging industry suggest that the plan does not resolve the conflict between the Forest Service’s traditional role of administering the “products and services” of public lands — especially timber — and the challenges the agency now faces due to climate change. National forests hold most of the nation’s mature and old-growth trees. Views could not be more polarized on how the national forests should be managed in light of the growing risks. …Environmental advocates have been urging Biden to adopt a new policy emphasizing preservation in national forests, treating them as a strategic reserve of carbon. …Timber companies argue that… local rangers should be giving their full focus to hazardous fuels reduction and “treatments” — including thinning and logging — to improve forest health.

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