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Originally posted by cavscout
When you add the need to keep the fires at bay due to ever encroaching civilization, however, the ground cover is allowed to grow so dense that it creates a fuel for the fire that causes the super-fires we have been dealing with in recent years.
In its natural state, the forest will not supply enough fuel to burn a fire so hot that the ground is kilned 15 feet down or create a fire so hot it is nearly impossible to put out.
So sorry if it hurts nature worshipers feelings to "hear a tree scream" when it gets cut down, but logging is the best means of caring for the forest.
Originally posted by informatu
The assertion that you can do "anything you want" with trees that are on your property is incorrect. In 1992, George Herbert Walker Bush signed a law that made it illegal to harvest a giant sequoia tree. Furthermore, president Bill Clinton signed an executive order declaring a huge swath of California forests as a national monument right before leaving office. This act of the pen outraged many in my community, including the Tule River Indian Reservation (look it up on a map, largest one in California) because it was totally unneccesary and created loopholes and management problems in the designated "Giant Sequoia National Monument." Read the following story it details it well.