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A logging plan even an environmentalist can love
A logging plan even an environmentalist can love

It is almost inevitable that any logging after a disastrous forest fire will be protested by environmental groups. In the case of the Rim fire, though, managers of Stanislaus National Forest have come up with a reasonable compromise plan that pays plenty of attention to ecology and restoration while allowing the timber industry to take advantage of some of the bounty of trees blackened by the 257,000-acre blaze last year. Those trees must be logged soon if they are to be useful. But to its credit, the U.S. Forest Service took the time to research the matter carefully and consult with all the interest groups — the construction industry, local residents, environmentalists and so forth....

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