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Forest Service Proposes Salvage Logging in Stubblefield Recreation Area
Brandt Mannchen

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (FS) proposed logging Stubblefield Recreation Area (SRA) because trees have died due to our drought. In an October 20, 2011 public notice the FS proposed that it would remove 300 "hazard trees" found in and around the SRA in Walker County, Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF).

On October 26, 2011, the Houston Sierra Club sent a letter to Mr. Warren Oja, District Ranger of SHNF about this proposal. The Sierra Club urged the FS to think outside the box regarding this proposal.

Instead of a commercial timber sale the Sierra Club recommended that the FS cut the 300 trees and leave some of the trees as downed coarse woody debris to provide wildlife with food and shelter and to act as erosion control structures and use some of the trees, in association with gates and fences, as obstacles to reduce illegal all-terrain vehicle or other vehicle use on trails or roads throughout SHNF.

It is important to remember that the logging of public lands is not the only solution every time trees die. The Sierra Club will continue to recommend to the FS that it carefully consider all alternatives before reaching for the saw.

November 2011

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