pstarr wrote:hvac, what don't you get? The timber industry exposed and dried the raw earth, made entire steep mountains bare. Washed away to the ocean. The water ran off, silted the streams and rivers. Rose the water table, and washed millions of years of nutrients away. As so phosphorus will likely never return. Forever sick forests.
Neither heat nor drought will be our downfall. Greed reed and stupidity is the cause.
What don't I get? I lived from 1978-1992 on 40 acres of mountain side in the Van Duzen River watershed between Bridgeville and Dinsmore. Land that had been heavily logged in the early 60's. Stripped of trees. And I heard the stories of the Earth First!er's who stormed into Humboldt County in 1990, lecturing me of the TOTAL devastation of ALL the logged-over land such as what I lived on - that all the top soil was now in the creeks, the sickly forests that will NEVER recover, etc.
But the land they (and you) described was not the land I walked every day. I saw enormous resiliency in the land. Though not re-seeded at all after the logging, the logged-over land was awash with madrone, douglas fir, tanoak, black and white oak. The soil was covered with a thick mulch of rotting oak leaves and rapidly recovering what might have been lost from the few years it was uncovered after the logging. Deer, bobcats, mountain lions, black bears all around. A peregrine falcon next just a mile from my land. By the time I left in 1992, it was hard to find the old stumps among the trees.
When I google earth my old homestead now, I have to cry. Not the forest damage - it's the massive earth cuts and fills made in steep hills to construct unpermitted industrial "growhouses", large parking lots, and material storage areas on top of what were once meadows filtering runoff flowing down into the Van Duzen. No erosion control evident. Erodable cuts that make the skid roads built to log the land 50 years ago pale in comparison. And I see it on my old neighbors' lands and throughout the region. Large-scale development in land that begs to be walked softly on.
You wanna know land abuse? What Maxxam did to the lower reaches of the Van Duzen watershed was nothing compared to what the pot "farmers" are doing now. Talk about great greed and stupidity!!