Monday, October 31, 2005

Land of Many (Ab)Uses?

The Forest Service is starting to experiment with supervising "green" logging certifications on public lands. As of now they're only going to monitor a small fraction of the public land under their control. I see this as a hopeful step away from the net-loss logging that was (still is?) rampant only a few years ago. This is quote is emblematic of the bureaucratic largess of the Service:
"Here we are providing advice to other countries and not even doing it on our own land," said Sally Collins, associate chief of the Forest Service office in Washington, D.C. "It made us think we ought to at least test this, because it's becoming an international language and we ought to be able to show we manage our forests sustainably."
"Sustainability" should be number one priority in logging sales. Pinchot would have agreed.

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