We’ve tried Ms. King’s solution of forest non-management. It hasn’t worked.

By Nick Smith
Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
August 25, 2022
Category: Opinion / EdiTOADial
Region: United States

Singer Carole King leveraged her celebrity status to publish an oped in the New York Times on Aug. 25, calling for an end to commercial timber harvests on federal lands. It’s unclear what makes her an expert on forestry, other than the fact she lives luxuriously in Idaho, in a house made of wood, with a national forest as her “nearest neighbor.” She continues to promote the “Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act” that prohibits forest management on 23 million acres of federal forests in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming, despite a tragic epidemic of dead trees, wildfires, insects and disease on these public lands.

…King shares the rigid, anti-forestry and anti-people ideology that we do not belong in the forests at all. This ideology peddles an apocalyptic fear that our country is logging its last remaining forests, even though we have more trees than we did 100 years ago. …King prefers we switch to more energy-intensive building materials, or that we outsource our wood products to places like Russia and other countries that don’t share our commitment to sustainability, science or advanced forest practices. Ending commercial logging on national forests would come at a heavy cost to Americans. We’ve tried Ms. King’s solution of forest non-management. It hasn’t worked. 

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