2013-11-07 / Front Page

McClintock proposes Yosemite logging

Rep. Tom McClintock has introduced a bill that would let timber companies salvage Yosemite National Park trees singed by the Rim Fire.

Several environmental groups have responded with alarm to the proposal. 

"Post-fire logging does far more harm than good to the nation’s public lands,” wrote Dominick DellaSala of the Geos Institute. 

Multiple species, including the threatened black-backed woodpecker, thrive in landscapes that include snags, or dead trees, a group of ecologists that include DellaSala said.

In a statement that accompanied the bill, McClintock said salvage logging would put timber employees back to work.

“If any good can come of this tragedy, it would be the timely salvage of (Rim Fire)-killed timber that could provide employment to local mills and desperately needed economic activity to mountain communities,” McClintock said. “But this can’t happen if salvage is indefinitely delayed by bureaucratic processes or the usual litigation filed by extremist environmental groups.”


Lands savaged by the Rim Fire this summer now resemble moonscape, with some areas of partially-burned trees. Photo: Robert MartinezLands savaged by the Rim Fire this summer now resemble moonscape, with some areas of partially-burned trees. Photo: Robert Martinez

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There's an extremist at work

There's an extremist at work here, but it's not the environmental groups, it's McClintock himself. Allowing logging in a national park would be an unwise step down a slippery slope - just what we expect from the party of big business. Let's hope this bill dies a quick death.

Let us salvage the timber and

Let us salvage the timber and save a few trees for their woodpeckers. We don't need a farm for those birds and we need the help for the economy. How can we as a community help the lumber project go through? Please post meetings or other ways we can express our feelings to not let this environmental bureaucracy hold us hostage. Debra, Mariposa resident.

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