CT Post Opinion: Time for the Forest Service to Protect Old Trees 7.18.2023
Who would’ve thought that the U.S. Forest Service could fail to see the forest for the trees?
National forests contain over 90 percent of federal mature and old-growth forests. More than three-quarters of this area is open to logging. That is shortsighted. New growth takes decades to reach maturity, and potentially centuries to attain the structural and biological diversity of an old-growth forest. Such harvesting also jeopardizes the stability of endangered species populations and increases wildfire risk.