Clear Cut Logging and Other Options Essay example

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Clear Cut Logging and Other Options


Have you ever awakened on a beautiful sunny morning in the Southwest planning on
going for a hike in the Cascade Mountains, but when you arrive at your destination
there are only stumps? This is the result of clear-cut logging. The negative aspects of
logging, by far, outweigh the benefits. Clear-cut logging is the practice of harvesting
all the trees in a specifically marked area. Another logging method is a selective cut
which is the harvesting of some trees to open the canopy so the remaining trees can
grow faster. Last but not least, is the practice of salvage logging. This results in the
harvesting of dead or dying trees, either in a selective or clear-cut method. Over
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These jobs help our economy by increasing the money flow in society and decreasing
the number of America's unemployed. Another economic benefit is the generation of
revenue for communities. Twenty-five percent of the revenue from logging sales on
national forest goes back to the community/county where logging occurred, for the
improvement of roads and schools (USDA 2000). Clear-cut logging can also help
forest health. A created opening clear-cut can be made to protect the most valuable
trees from fire. For example, the clearing of Lodge Pole Pine creates space between
itself and Ponderosa Pine. This clear-cut technique helps reduce the chance for
catastrophic fires by removing fuels from the fire and not allowing the fire to "jump"
to the Ponderosas Pine. Wood products such as houses, furniture, and paper products
are all benefits of clear-cut logging. Also, when companies clear-cut they build roads
to reach their destination. These roads provide access to the public for fishing,
hunting, or any other outdoor activity.
Although there are some benefits of clear-cut logging, it can also severely
damage the ecosystem. The first con is the cause and effect of sedimentation. The
number one cause of sedimentation is road building. "Even though the amount of
sediment has not been quantified, it is known that roads contribute the single largest
source of…

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