David Donovan: Lawsuit could halt any timber salvage

January 14, 2014 

Lawsuit could halt any timber salvage

As The Bee’s editorial “Salvaging a silver lining” (Our View, Jan. 12) regarding the Rim fire implied, it would be unfortunate if loggers are not permitted to harvest at least a portion of the dead trees on public lands before those burned trees become unusable in two years. However, whether or not Rep. Tom McClintock “compromises” over the extent of the logging, the issue might be decided by a single person or group who files suit to prevent the amount of harvesting that exceeds its preference. A lawsuit that drags on for more than two years is not inconceivable. At this point, McClintock is simply trying to make the most of an unfortunate situation before the opportunity is gone.

Also, the compromise described in the editorial is a curious one: 10 percent of McClintock’s proposal would be implemented, and 90 percent of the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal would be implemented. A balanced approach?



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