Environmentalists claim that cutting down trees in forests affected by wildfires can bring about the extinction of California spotted owls. This point was articulated by greens in an attempt to petition the US Forest Service to consider the animal endangered and protected under endangered species statutes. According to The Business Journal, environmentalists allege that scientific studies are showing that spotted owls thrive not only in old growth forests but also forests affected by fires.
The Forest Service has made it a practice to open burned forests open for logging, respectfully, but wildlife advocates’ study allegedly contradicts the Forest Service’s policy. A Forest Service spokesman states that they do not believe the spotted owl is in danger and maintains that massive fires are a threat to the species. Logging company owner of Sierra Resources Management Mike Albrecht states logging helps to preserve and enhance the owl’s habitat and loggers have left large amounts of forests untouched. The Forest Service has 90 days to declare that evidence exists to support the environmentalist’s request and to open their decision to comment.
The US First and Wildlife Service rejected a similar request by environmentalists in 2006 and it is my hope this latest attempt to do so is turned down as well. Environmentalists do not seek to preserve nature as much as they want to prevent human progress. In the case of forests, any attempt at logging which benefits humans is seen as evil and they labor to stop it using species like spotted owls and claiming they are at risk of being endangered because of human activity. Too many times endangered species protections are used for this purpose and it is the only reason why these laws exist to begin with.
The result of logging in burned down forests can also benefit people who reside in them as well. If there ever was a fire in live, healthy forests the logged burned out forests would help hinder the fire’s spread preventing the destruction of nearby communities. Also, risk to firefighters’ lives is reduced since fewer trees means a fire is easier to contain. Environmentalists know all of these facts yet still press for endangered species’ protections out of their hatred for mankind.