Sonora, CA - A federal judge in Fresno has denied a temporary restraining order regarding the lawsuit filed against the Rim Fire Recovery Record of Decision.
Tuolumne County has joined a coalition of forces formed to combat a recent lawsuit related to the U.S. Forest Service's plan to allow logging on about 30,000 acres of land that burned. in last year's Rim Fire.
The Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions (YSS) collaborative group supports the U.S. Forest Service moving forward with its newly released plan to selectively treat portions of the Rim Fire by salvage logging a portion of the dead trees.
Over the past year, the Forest Service went to great lengths to engage the public in the planning process that led to the approval of the newly released final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision. Not only were materials provided through the normal channels, but the Stanislaus Forest and the Regional Office of the Forest Service also sponsored webinars, open house sessions, and two major Rim Fire science meetings for stakeholders in Sacramento.
The 2013 Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park has brought together timber industry representatives and environmentalists in a new era of cooperation. Photo: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press Disaster sometimes comes with a silver lining. Last summer's 257,000-acre Rim Fire torched more than trees. The enormous blaze, which incinerated a large swath of the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park, knocked out power transmission and threatened San Francisco's water supply. It also cleared away some of the toxic social underbrush that has stymied federal forest management efforts for many years. This could lead to more fire-adapted, resilient and carbon-rich public forests across vast stretches of Northern California.
Local environmental organizations, the timber industry and others have joined forces to urge the Forest Service to approve fast removal of burned trees from the Rim Fire area.
Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions, a coalition of environmental and logging groups, sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Randy Moore on Tuesday, stressing the need for swift action to begin “salvage logging” projects on scorched parts of the Stanislaus National Forest.
“Unless speedy implementation is quickly allowed for whatever salvage logging is ultimately approved by the Forest Service, a tremendous amount of sawlog wood material will deteriorate past the point of having economic value,” the letter stated. “This would mean that the public would then need to pay in the future to have that fuel removed from the burn area.”