Anti-logging lawsuits help environmentalists burn down homes

McLatchy reports that lawmakers and witnesses who testified before a US House subcommittee state that lawsuits from environmentalist groups are draining much needed resources that could be used to log forests in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tuolumne County, California supervisor Randy Hanvelt made his case during testimony by using photographs taken during the 2013 Yosemite-area Rim Fire. Hanvelt’s testimony and recommendations fell on sympathetic ears Congressmen who were aware of the cleanup and the damage surrounding the Rim Fire sought to enact the suggestions of Hanvelt which included harvesting trees damaged by the conflagration.

The Rim Fire that took place during August of 2013 was the largest fire ever recorded on California’s Sierra Nevada region. The fire burned over 400 acres of forest spanning parts of Yosemite National Park, private lands and the Stanislaus National Forest. During September of last year, the Forest Service proposed allowing logging in a little over 50 miles of affected wetlands. The Center for Biological Diversity in tandem with other green groups sued to stop it calling the proposal incredibly destructive.

You notice that the comments made by the CBD and their ilk when they filed their lawsuit stated that the plan to log a small part of the affected forest is incredibly destructive for nature but not for humans. During the Sierra Nevada blaze 40 homes were destroyed but by logging the area it makes it less susceptible to fire down the line. The affected trees, once removed, can be put towards productive use and new trees and other forest wildlife can grow in their place. Instead, environmentalists oppose any such plans that can not only improve woodland conditions but ultimately benefit human beings down the line.

I know that people have an affinity for scenic views and will want to construct or even own a house or dwelling at or near a forest area. However, in my view, to own a place to live in a forest area is foolhardy since the likelihood of park trees catching fire goes up when there is not enough rain like what has happened in California. If the woodland catches fire your house is threatened and a homeowner has to wait years before their house can either be reconstructed or be reimbursed by an insurance company for damages. None the less, for people who do own homes in or near forests, This is a prime example of how greens use lawsuits to place legal hurdles in order to prevent logging and other efforts to thin forests of trees ruined by fire. This, in turn, establishes fuel for another potential fire down the line so woodlands can be free of those pesky humans who appreciate nature in a different manner than environmentalists do.