Category: Forests

How does the Forest Service define forest health?

By George Wuerthner The Forest Service justifies logging forests based on what it calls “forest health.” The agency claims logging will “restore” resiliency. But few ask what exactly constitutes a healthy forest ecosystem? The agency defines forest health as a lack of tree mortality,… Continue Reading “How does the Forest Service define forest health?”

Nature Suppression

Our forests are not suffering primarily from fire suppression, the story one constantly hears, but rather too much human meddling, be it logging, thinning, fire, habitat clearance, the works. The map below tells the story. The actual data shown presents a picture in such… Continue Reading “Nature Suppression”

Orwellian “Restoration”

From every corner of the universe it seems one hears how we need to “thin” forests to “restore” them to some preconceived ideal. That sounds nice. How could anyone disagree with that? There’s plenty to disagree with. The forest thinning paradigm is based on… Continue Reading “Orwellian “Restoration””