Lawsuit could halt any timber salvage
As The Bees 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 McClintocks proposal would be implemented, and 90 percent of the U.S. Forest Services proposal would be implemented. A balanced approach?