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January 23, 2020

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New Approaches to Old Growth: Saving America’s Forests
Last Featured: 4/5/2004

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Ask environmental advocates and they’ll tell you the Bush Administration’s Healthy Forest Initiative will open the door to unrestricted commercial logging and close it on a generation of community participation in forest policy. Put policies like this in place, they warn, and there will be few healthy forests left. Defenders of the President’s policy say years of under-management and mismanagement have left our forests overgrown and vulnerable to devastating fires like those that raged in California in 2003. They say it’s about stewardship, not profits, and the preservation of communities, wildlife habitat, watersheds and entire ecosystems.

Jay Watson serves as the director of the Wildland Fire Program of The Wilderness Society. He has worked to protect America's wilderness through science, advocacy and education with the Society for 18 years, serving in several positions in Washington, D.C. and California. Prior to joining the Society, Watson spent five years as a wilderness ranger in with the Forest Service, working in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

John Sessions is a professor of forestry in the Department of Forest Engineering at Oregon State University, where he has worked for over 20 years. He is internationally known for his computer models to assist forest planning and his research in transportation planning, harvest scheduling, forest economics, and logging mechanics, and is a consultant in 14 countries on five continents. Sessions is a registered professional engineer and has a PhD in Forest Management from Oregon State University.

Closing Quote
"We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which, without stint, produces . . . . soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours."

— French writer Marcel Proust

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