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Salvage logging is the practice of felling trees in forest areas that have been damaged by fire. In the United States, salvage logging is a controversial issue for two main reasons. First, legal provisions for salvage logging can be used to justify cutting down damaged trees in areas that are otherwise protected from logging. The second cause for controversy is that, while proponents of salvage logging argue that it reduces the harmful effects of future fires in the logged area, opponents maintain that the costs and benefits of salvage logging have not been scientifically studied, and that there is evidence the practice actually increases damage from future fires. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Fire in San Bernardino, California Mountains (image taken from the International Space Station) A wildfire, also known as a forest fire, vegetation fire, grass fire, or bushfire (in Australasia), is an uncontrolled fire in wildland often caused by lightning; other common causes are human carelessness and arson. ... Logging is the process in which trees are cut down usually as part of a timber harvest. ...
Salvagelogging was an alternative way of meeting timber demands and generating revenues by timber industries and legislators without much opposition from the public.
Salvagelogging is an attempt to compromise excessive logging and controlled logging.
That salvagelogging will only be applicable in stands at least ten acres where over half the trees by volume are dead; where such logging is expected to speed regeneration of the stand; and where it will not adversely affect soil productivity or fish and wildlife habitat.
Expedited logging after forest fires may harm forests, according to nearly 170 scientists responding to efforts in the U.S. Congress to pass the Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act.
The issue of salvagelogging was highlighted by a forum in Washington, D.C. this month, during which the impacts of logging in a forest following fires or other natural events were discussed, including the role these events play in maintaining wildlife and "healthy" forests.
Post-fire and post-disturbance logging may increase the reburn potential of a forest by concentrating flammable slash, such as small branches, near the ground, said Tania Schoennagel, fire scientist from the University of Colorado.
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