I’ve been thinking about forest management as a social science for many years. As a teen, I remember wondering why people were fighting about the activities in our forests. Of course, I understood the concern over heavy-handed clear cutting, but I wondered why there was anger over the other types of logging that worked in concert with the needs of the forest. Where I grew up, many of the private forestland owners managed their land so that they could be proud of what it looked like after it was logged. This meant leaving many trees behind so the forest looked natural.
I read and hear people talking about how the environmentalists are to blame for all our forest health woes. I also hear about the same on the other side of the coin saying that over-harvesting and past logging is the reason our forests are in the shape they are in. Here’s my take:
WHO CARES WHOSE FAULT IT IS!
This week gave me two good reasons to visit the A to Z stewardship project on the Colville National Forest. The first was to collect video for the blog and scope for an upcoming news story. The second was to spend a couple hours with Mike Petersen (The Lands Council based in Spokane, WA) along with Whitney Ward and Brett Allbery from KREM2 (Spokane CBS Affiliate). Mike and I have spent years working together as part of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition. We always look for ways to tell our story of forest collaboration and this was an excellent opportunity. Continue reading “Stewardship: A to Z”