"The community of Grassy Narrows has lived through many traumatic events: relocation, mercury contamination of their waterways, flooding of their sacred grounds, residential schooling, and the clear-cutting
that is taking place now.
of forests poured more silt into rivers, and cattle grazing caused erosion, which led to increased soil runoff.
has been the most common harvest method used on the HNF since the 1960s, although there has been little harvesting since the mid-1980s.
MB's chief forester Bill Cafferata acknowledges that although MB has promised to phase out clear-cutting
of old growth forests, it will still continue to log old growth.
Ironically, salvage logging is often justified as a way to preserve forest health, even though many biologists and forest ecologists claim that the type of salvage logging done in national forests - either taking the largest, most valuable trees or clear-cutting
- often does more harm than good.
practice of harvesting trees has earned Canada the uncomplimentary label of "The Brazil of the North."
the west side, we should be able to get oak and aspen regeneration in that area, improving the biological diversity of our woodlot.
When I heard about the clear-cutting
of 200-year-old trees, I knew I had to take a stand.
Hoff suggests that selective clear-cutting
and burning in the field, along with planting the nursery stock, could hasten the process of natural selection so that someday Clark's nutcrackers will be stashing disease-resistant whitebark seeds.
It's going to look like private land clear-cutting
"We have told them that we do not want clear-cutting
, but clear-cutting
seems to have been their solution all along," Mr.
A devastating invasion of pine bark beetles--feasting on their favorite food, undeterred by inedible hardwoods--cropped up in 1999 and has encouraged hasty salvage clear-cutting
, making the problem that much worse.