The worst part of "Healthy Forests"

Larry Harrell lhfotoware at
Fri Feb 27 09:18:57 EST 2004

lhfotoware at (Larry Harrell) wrote in message news:<7a90c754.0402242021.6751afc5 at>...
> Since "Healthy Forests" is solidly in place and court battles are
> imminent, can the Forest Service implement all these projects with its
> "bare bones" workforce? No one has brought up our lack of expertise at
> the ground level since downsizing and retirements have decimated our
> timber departments. If ever there was a stumbling block to "serving
> the land", this is it. "Healthy Forests" will be quite labor-intensive
> and will require armies of timbermarkers to selectively designated
> trees for removal. Unfortunately, the Forest Service doesn't have
> experienced people to shape the future of our National Forests. In the
> past 15 years, the Forest Service has relied on training new people
> every year to wield paint guns. IMHO, it takes at least 2 years of
> training and experience to be at least a competant timbermarker.
> Permanent jobs were nearly impossible to come by and the good
> government benefits were not offered to temporary employees. (I was a
> "temporary employee" for 15 seasons.)
> Has Congress or the White House even considered this problem? If they
> did, they immediately wrote it off as political suicide because "big
> government" is still not desirable. Have they considered what might
> happen when millions are spent on elaborate plans, only to fail when
> implemented by unmotivated and under-trained temporary employees? I'd
> consider this problem to be the "Achilles Heel" of Healthy Forests.
> With increased public scrutiny and an expected flurry of court cases,
> isn't it important enough for the Forest Service to use the best
> trained timbermarkers that money can buy? Currently, the lowest paid
> and least respected employees will be doing, arguably, the most
> important job in the Forest Service.
> I talk about this because I truly care about our forest ecosystems and
> fear that monetary issues will overrule environmental issues. I'm sure
> that this information could be included in court cases and should be
> considered in judging a project on its merits and flaws. Timbermarkers
> need to be certified in sound ecosystem management before they're
> allowed to mark even one tree.
> Larry,    still in the middle of the road on forestry issues

Ahhh, I see that preservationists DON'T CARE if unqualified people
decide which trees are cut and which trees will stay. Hmmm, I guess I
over-estimated their commitment to the environment. <G>

Larry,     a true environmentalist

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