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    Issues Within the Discipline of Forestry

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    products. There were a few forest reserves for hunting or preservation in Europe, but the idea of managing a forest for a number of resources is quite new. There are four stages that almost all societies have gone through when trying to develop this idea of forestry. The first stage has to do with the unregulated abuse of forest products to be used as energy, building supplies and also to be cleared to make way for agricultural land. This creates a kind of domino effect on forests everywhere. The overexploitation

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    and near extinction of our national forests. Today, fewer than five percent of our country's original forests remain (Thirteen) and the U.S. Forest Service continues to allow more than 136,000 square miles to be logged each year (Byrant). Even more alarming, is the fact that only twenty percent of the current public forest lands are permanently protected by law, leaving nearly eighty percent to be consumed by chainsaws and bulldozers (Heritage...). National forests, or the sections of land set

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    been an issue since the Forest Service’s conception. Gifford Pinchot had envisioned local foresters managing lands with ideas and guidelines that have been developed with modern science and conservation in mind. Since then, laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Wilderness Bill and Endangered Species Act have limited the amount of authority and discretion a land management agency has over a particular area. These laws along with the current forest plans under the Land & Resource

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    distance, national forests being cut down by humans; these are things that animals living in the forest have to deal with every day in the forest. Logging takes away animals homes and turns beautiful land into torn up trashy land. Logging is bad for the environment and should be banned from national forest. The logging companies claim they care about our forest but all they really care about is the money. The national forest should not be a source of income for our nation. Logging the National Forest

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    Logging on Public Land Must be Restricted

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    through a canopy of white oak and other mixed hardwoods I soon came to an overlook, a small rock overhang from which I could see the gently rolling canvas of green for miles. The Mark Twain National Forest. As I turned my head however, the canvas of green became more like a patchwork quilt. One square mile of forest, another square mile of nothing except stumps and slash, the waste products of a logging clear-cut. The loggers had taken what they needed and left, allowing nature to take over where they

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    Logging in the United States

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    Logging in the United States Logging in the United States is a very controversial subject. Many people have different opinions on how we should take care of our forests and sometimes the arguments can get heated. Logging needs to be done to protect small western communities from catastrophic wild fires. Logging also gives small communities a way of income. When people think of logging they think of clear cutting which is damaging to the environment, but clear cutting does not happen too much

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    longer and more intense wildfire seasons, while in the meantime, the dangers and costs of fighting those fires have increased substantially. The budget and appropriations that are in place for the two main agencies that practice forest management, the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), are less than sufficient, and these agencies are being forced to rely on “fire borrowing” to fund excess fire suppression activities. This “borrowing” undermines other important

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    The Blackwater fire of 1937 was a forest fire that occurred when a lightning strike ignited a tree in the Shoshone National Forest. It lasted for 6 days and killed 15 people, injuring a further 38; David P. Godwin (investigator of the fire) said,“not since 1910 have so many lives been lost on a single national forest fire”. The fire consumed a total of 1700 acres of forest woodland1 in this time. The Blackwater fire’s dire effect therefore resulted in the methods of firefighting that were used at

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    industrial tourism

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    for the United States agencies that contributed to managing natural resources and preserving the environment. Agencies such as the U.S. Forest service, The National Park Services (NPS), The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec), and the U.S. army corps of engineers (The Corps) all started with smaller objectives of public interests and ended up leading the protection of environmental resources. In 1876 congress called for a department to manage the forest in the

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    Trees

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    stem differentiate them from shrubs. Trees are perennials that live at least three years. Some tree species are extremely short but others may reach a height of more than 367 feet. The General Sherman Tree, a giant sequoia in California’s Sequoia National Park, has a height of 275 feet and a diameter of 37 feet. The largest trees are not always the oldest. The bristlecone pine, for example, grows to a height of only 30 feet but one specimen has been dated to be at least 4600 years old. There are

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