Logging Is Not A Solution to Wildfires or Climate Change

Marcus Kauffman, a PIO with the Oregon Department of Forestry, walks through a burned over area of the Holiday Farm Fire along the southwest edge of the burn above Deerhorn Sept. 17, 2020. Credit: Chris Pietsch/Register Guard

The bodies are still being counted. The land is still burning. Yet Big Timber is wasting no time greasing the wheels in Congress for another round of profiteering from the staggering community losses in the West.

In a recent op-ed published on The Hill, the author repeats tired old myths about logging, wildfires and climate change that science has thoroughly debunked but which serve logging corporations well. What the author fails to mention is that timber companies promote salvage logging on federal lands because it gives them an opportunity to buy top quality logs at heavily discounted fire-sale prices. Taxpayers and Forest Service revenues take the loss.

(Read more of this op-ed in The Hill, here.)

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