North Kaibab Fuels Project Update

Ian St. John istjohn at
Tue Jun 29 22:30:05 EST 2004

Larry Harrell wrote:
> Tuesday, June 29, 2004   Washington Post
> National Forests Fall Victim to Firefighting
> Plan to Protect Residences Costs Trees, Money

The obvious problem with 'fuel reduction' is that it is really a false front
for commercial logging. The trees are selected on the basis of fitting the
capacity of the sawmill, not on the basis of their fire danger.

A more rational approach would eliminate mostly the small tinder and chip it
for use in cellulose ethanol, engineered wood products, etc. while
preserving as much of the character of the old growth and the ecosystem as

Facts to note:

1: Nearly half the earths indigenous forests have disappeared. Approximately
94% of all forest products consumed worldwide are harvested from the
estimated 6.7 billion acres of original forest that remains; the rest is
grown on plantations.

2: An area of indigenous forest twice the size of New Jersey is cut each
year to satisfy existing demands for wood products. Other threats--such as
forest fires, illegal logging, and clear cutting for agriculture--wipe out
another 64 acres every minute.

3: Global demand for paper-- the largest use of wood fiber-- has increrased
fivefold sicne the 1950s and is expected to double again by 2050.

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*As reported on page 25B of Sci-Am, June 2004.

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