FIRE KILLS TREES IT DOES NOT KILL FORESTS (humans do that)
The political rush to log the forests of the west is scientifically unjustified and will destroy Sequoias and all other trees, shrubs, and native herbs that create thriving ecosystems. 
After almost two centuries of extensive logging, the government wants to solely put the blame on climate change without considering the role that logging has played in causing catastrophic crown fires. 
After logging the largest and most fire adapted trees, the timber industry replants only trees that they plan on harvesting 70-years or so later. The forest service, which is always underfunded so that timber sales become critical for the agency to survive, replants single species plantations that die from bark beetles and droughts. The sterile forest with little plant cover to hold moisture or protect from the drying rays of the sun, is what you see after many fires, barren land with scorched sticks indicating the tombs of short-sighted logging policies.
Forests are in trouble because bureaucrats keep them in harm's way and then blame forward thinking environmentalists and ecologists. 
The forests need our help. Here are links to the current projects under that false moniker of Hazard Tree and fuels reduction in Sequoia National Forest.
 
Region 5 Post-Disturbance Hazardous Tree Management Project: Hazard tree felling and removal is proposed to reduce public safety hazards along portions of certain roads, trails and facilities within nine national forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60950
 
SQF Generals Heart Roadside Hazard Tree Abatement: Fell and remove dead and dying trees po sing a falling hazard along General's Highway, Big Meadows Road (FR14S11) to and including Heart Meadow Road (14S02D).
 
SQF Grant and Abbott Creek Giant Sequoia Grove fuels reduction project: Hand cut and pile around large sequoias, burn piles, then underburn to treat surface and ladder fuel to reduce risk of stand replacement in high severity wildfire.No web link
 
Hume Basin Restoration: Treat up to 6,700 acres through thinning, sanitation, mastication and prescribed burn in Tenmile Creek drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60829
 
Black Mountain Grove fuels reduction project: The project will reduce fuel loads and remove ladder fuels through a combination of dead and live tree removal and duff removal around the base of monarch Giant Sequoia trees. No web link
 
Castle Fire Ecological Restoration Project: (THE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT STATE WHAT THEY WILL DO, just propaganda) To restore and promote a healthy forest ecosystem; to establish forest conditions, to promote resilient forest conditions and to establish and maintain low surface and ladder fuel conditions
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59292
 
Windy Fire Restoration: (THE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT STATE WHAT THEY WILL DO, just propaganda) The project will promote forest resilience and ecological integrity by reducing fuel loads, reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement and hydrologic improvement activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62403
 
Quenching the Flames of Wildfire Hysteria  
 On episode #25 of the Green Root Podcast, Rachel Fazio, associate director and staff attorney for John Muir Project, clears the air on wildfire's crucial role in western forests, exposes legislation seeking to log in the backcountry under the guise of “fuel reduction,” and reminds us how making our homes Firewise is the single most effective measure we can take to protect people and property.
 

WHEN SEQUOIAS FALL

LOGGING IS NOT THE ANSWER TO PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE

 

A new direction for California wildfire policy: working from the home outward

The mission of Sequoia ForestKeeper® is to protect and restore the ecosystems of the southern Sierra Nevada – including both the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument – through monitoring, enforcement, education, and litigation.

By acting as the eyes, ears, and voice of the forest, SFK seeks to improve land management practices, to promote land stewardship, to enforce existing laws and regulations, to implement public awareness programs, and to offer assistance to local land management agencies.

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