Is logging the best fire mitigation strategy for Southern Utah?

By Alysha Lundgren
St George News Utah
October 27, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ST. GEORGE — …Many in Southern Utah believe logging is the best strategy to mitigate next year’s risk – but is it? …Jesse Morris said it depends. Morris is a research professor at the University of Utah… Logging is an important tool in forest management, said Morris, adding that society relies heavily on wood products that have to come from “some forest somewhere.” However, whether or not a beetle-killed forest should be logged depends on what the goals are for the landscape. …When removing trees, the nutrients they contain are removed from the forest as well. However, by taking dead trees, Morris said there is less risk of the carbon they’ve stored being released into the atmosphere should they burn. Logging is a “delicate” scientific method that involves removing enough trees to create the ideal fuels balance while “leaving enough cover for a healthy ecosystem,” according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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