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
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.