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Discussion: Cutting

in: johncrowther; johncrowther > 2018-06-23

Jun 25, 2018 7:12 PM # 
I was gutted to see how much had been cut, both in area and degree. When the forest service mentioned thinning in the area, I figured they meant more or less the cutting that had already been going on for years, essentially in what's shown with vertical green lines. Having had the same warning before Camp Elim (for which the thinning didn't affect things much), and having been in the Dell Gulch forest a few times this spring, I wasn't too worried. I first saw the extent and intensiveness of the thinning (which felt more akin to clear-cutting than thinning) the week of the event. Ugh. It was quite pretty forest for the years that I mapped it. It looks like the thinning has occurred in a band around the Spring Creek Ranch housing development, and hasn't gone further south (currently), so if the map is expanded southeast, it should be in forest, but I may check with the forest service, and try to look up logging leases.

The vertical green lines area turns out to be a guy who obtained a cutting lease in order to build a fence around his one acre property. This was the only way he could afford that much wood. I saw him out there throwing enormous logs over his shoulder and into his pickup, just him, a pickup and a chainsaw. Quite the rugged vignette.

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