This project is unique at the national level, and the fact that consensus was reached on almost 70 percent of the landscape is remarkable, said Todd Schulke, forest programs director of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Steve Gatewood, representing the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, said appropriately scaled wood products businesses will play a key role in restoring forests. However, stakeholders want assurance that appropriate is defined by restoration needs, not industry profit motives, and businesses want guarantees of future wood supplies to invest in equipment designed to harvest and process small-diameter wooda much harder business to make viable than when harvesting larger diameter trees was the norm, said Gatewood.
Rob Davis, president of Forest Energy and owner of Future Forests, two companies using material from thinned forests, noted that although the products derived from forests have changed in recent years, forests remain a valuable renewable resource for recreation, wildlife, water and wood products. This milestone consensus is a breakthrough in achieving the most prudent use of this resource.
The ForestERA Project estimates of potential wood supply were derived from satellite imagery and ground measurements and are based on treatment scenarios developed by the group. The process included seven full-day works
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