Different views on forest restoration plan

By Claudia Elliott
The Porterville Recorder
March 6, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Late last year, the Sequoia National Forest released its plans to address impacts of the 2020 Castle and 2021 Windy fires. A lawsuit filed by three environmental organizations on Feb. 22 said the plans amount to logging. A Porterville resident, Carla Cloer — who has successfully challenged Forest Service actions in the past — suggested in January the plans were influenced by the timber industry. Cloer has been a significant force behind the Sierra Club’s Giant Sequoia activism for decades. In 2001, she was awarded the club’s prestigious John Muir Award for her many efforts culminating in the 2000 presidential proclamation establishing Giant Sequoia National Monument. …But Jeff Gletne — a registered professional forester said, “the fuel remaining on site is very frightening. …they will require heavy equipment and lots of material being cut and hauled down the hill.” But he doesn’t see that the timber industry will benefit. “Very little will be going to sawmills,” he said.

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