The Times Observer did and article in Recession. "Stopping that harvesting
wasn't just an environmental disgrace, as he goes on.. I would like to
comment on that.
With respect to the comment ""Stopping that harvesting wasn't just an
environmental disgrace; it had a huge, huge economic impact,". Please,
allow me address the issue taken that reduced logging is an environmental
disgrace. It's a shame that Luloff has no understanding of the ecological
stages of trees and their associates. He would have a different opinion if
he did. Beware of so-called forest experts who do not understand of tree
biology. A forest is a highly ordered arrangement of living organisms
living in, on and around the ecological stages of trees in such a fashion
that assures high quality survival for all. Some of the reasons logging is
being reduced in the ANF is the concern for forest health. Large, fallen
trees in various stages of decay contribute much-needed diversity to
terrestrial and aquatic habitats in Pennsylvania forest. When most
biological activity in soil is limited by low moisture availability in
summer, the fallen tree-soil interface offers a relatively cool, moist
habitat for animals and a substrate for microbial and root activity.
Intensified utilization and management can deprive future forests of large,
fallen trees. The impact of this loss on habitat diversity and on long-term
forest productivity must be determined because managers need sound
information on which to base resource management decisions. . . dying and
dead wood provides one of the two or three greatest resources for animal
species in a natural forest . . . if fallen timber and slightly decayed
trees are removed the whole system is gravely impoverished of perhaps ,more
than a fifth of its fauna. Evidence that soil organic reserves,
particularly wood, play important roles in maintaining forest site quality
emphasizes the need to properly manage woody materials. Thus, the viewpoint
that woody residue represents only waste or a fire hazard must be
reassessed. Forest users and managers must recognize the benefits,
equivalent to long-term fertilization, that woody and other organic reserves
contribute to ecosystems such as a forest. The more they subsidized logging
in the ANF, the more reduced the value of private timber will be. Economic
based forest management really has failed out of the ignorance of tree
biology. Maybe Luloff should buy some land and log it, if that is what he
thinks makes a forest healthily. For clearly defined terms relating to tree
biology please visit our non-profit site: www.treedictionary.com .
Ignorance of tree biology has been and still is a major problem for trees
and their associates worldwide. When managing land for the public, such as
ANF, an understanding of tree biology must be present in the decision making
process. More issues regarding the management of Federal Public Land must
and shall be addressed, other than economics. In reality, subsidizing
logging in National Forest is not an economically popular idea at most.
Luloff also claims that "abrupt decline in the timber harvest in the
Allegheny National Forest during the 1990s due to lawsuits filed by
environmentalists against logging had a crippling effect on the region, much
like the sharp decline of the steel industry had on Pittsburgh during the
1970s and 1980s." Reduced subsidy in ANF will increase the value of the
wood for the private land owner trying to make a buck in these hard times.
Common sense is anything but common.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Consulting Forester & Tree Expert
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
Keslick And Son
214 N. Penn Street
West Chester, Pa 19380