Clearcutting in Oregon
Most of the pictures I post of Oregon are scenic shots that represent Oregon at its best. However, Oregon does have its downsides: allowing the logging companies to clearcut forests, instead of cutting every third tree (thining out).
When we flew back from Tillamook, I couldn't believe all of the mountain tops with bare patches. It looked like they've been scalped. I hope this type of logging is discontinued...after all, we need to focus on keeping "green", right?
Update: In it's defense, the Oregon Forest Practice Act consists of the following rules:
What do the rules say?
The rules also regulate the use of
chemicals, and protect habitat for bald eagles, osprey, blue
herons, and other wildlife and fish.
- Clearcuts must be replanted within
two years of harvest
- Clearcuts can be no larger than 120
- Roads must be properly designed and
built to minimize soil erosion and protect streams
- Trees and shrubs must be left along
- Some wildlife trees, snags and down
logs must be left after harvest for wildlife
- The State Forester must be notified
before most types of forest operations; written plans
may be required
- Breaking the rules can result in
The Forest Practice Rules apply to
all private lands in the state, whether owned by individuals
or large corporations. They also apply to state-owned lands,
but not to federal lands, which are regulated by the USDA
Forest Service or the BLM.
(taken from http://www.forestlearn.org/forests/ofpa.htm)
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