Which is more dangerous to a forest: A new subaru Forester or an old Forester?
Posted On July 19, 2021
Iyoro National Forest, California is the most dangerous place in the world to be a forest ecologist.
In 2011, more than 2 million acres were logged in the park, the fourth-most logged area in the United States, according to the National Park Service.
That same year, the U.S. Forest Service announced a program to create a $2.4 billion federal forest fund to preserve and protect forests in California.
In the process, it created an agency dedicated to improving forest health and productivity.
In February 2012, the Forest Service unveiled the Forester program, which will support new technology, including remote sensing and drone-based tracking, to monitor and preserve the vast forest ecosystem.
But the agency also announced plans to close a key logging project in the area in 2017.
The decision comes at a time when the agency has been under fire for its handling of the 2016 wildfires that ravaged the state’s forests.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is in charge of managing the fire, and its leadership has been criticized for the lack of action in the region.
The agency also faces criticism for failing to adequately protect the forest ecosystem in its jurisdiction.
In a December 2012 blog post, Cal Fire President David J. Fincher said the agency had the authority to set priorities for forest management and had done so, but that the forest was “a fragile, interconnected, and dynamic ecosystem.”
“We need to know that we’re doing something right and that we’ve got the resources to get it done,” Finchers wrote.
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Yoko National Forest is in the far northwest of California.
Its boundaries span the Uintah Mountains, from the Columbia River to the southern end of the Sierra Nevada.
The Yoko is home to the northernmost population of red-tailed hawks, which have been listed as a threatened species since 1972.
Red-tailed hares are known to consume the nests of threatened species.
In 2017, a pair of white-tailed deer were killed by a white-tail hawk in Yoko National Park, which is the largest population of these deer in the nation.
The white-tails were killed after the deer got caught in the tail of a gray wolf.
The agency has received a lot of criticism from environmentalists and forest users for its decision to close the logging project.
In May of this year, a group of activists from the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against Cal Fire, saying that Cal Fire was not acting within its authority when it closed the project.
The suit alleges that the agency did not adequately consider the effects of logging on wildlife and the impact it would have on the endangered Yoko population.
In the suit, the Sierra Clubs lawyers allege that Cal Fincers actions were “intentional” and “willful” and that the project’s closure will cause “serious damage to the Yoko ecosystem and wildlife.”
The lawsuit was dismissed in February of this years, but Cal Fire has appealed the decision.
The department is currently considering a request from the plaintiffs for a stay pending the outcome of the appeal.
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This article originally appeared at National Review Online.