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WranglerRog Donating Member (44 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 08:08 AM
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8. I live in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest
in southern Missouri. Although the timber industry had been depressed for a few years it appears to be going full blown again. Some in the industry practice sustainable forestry but not nearly enough. Around here the forestry service will clear cut a section of forest and leave the rest. Supposedly trees are replanted but I've yet to see this happen. What we end up with is bare mountain tops and erosion. Many of the creeks are filling with gravel. Times past the counties would just scoop the creek gravel up for road work. Now that's been prohibited and they buy crushed gravel. So as I said the creeks fill up compounding the problem. The other major problem is that after they take the saw logs they just leave the tops. After a year or two this becomes what I quaintly call kindling. We've had several small brush fires burning 4 to 10 acres at a time but eventually we'll have a major forest fire. So much for "Healthy Forest Initiative".
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