Short Term Impact for Long Term Benefits

Skidder doing its thang near Naches, WA.  Photo: Gordon King/Yakima Herald Republic
Kate Prengaman writes a great article about a local collaborative effort to restore a healthy landscape and habitat. The project includes logging, yes logging – but not logging in the traditional, negative sense. This is selective logging; specifically designed to restore forest health, reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire, and improve wildlife habitat on 10,000 acres of previously privately held timberlands. It’s a “patchy, groupy, clumpy” approach – leaving some stands untouched, thinning others and leaving clumps of quality habitat.  Many foresters say this type of selective logging is a solution to the thick overgrowth that makes Eastern Washington’s forests prone to disease and destructive wildfires. The project is a great demonstration of working together, across boundaries and through networks to achieve common goals. Read the full article here.