PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT

Posted on March 29, 2011 by admin

WHY WE’RE HERE – WHO WE ARE

This site looks at the management of our public lands, with emphasis on National Forests.  It also examines opp0rtunities for producing renewable energy from biomass on these and other lands in the U.S. and its possessions   Visit us from time to time to see our progress.

The author in his native habitat. A longleaf pine regeneration area in which red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCWs), an endangered species, have established a cluster (colony) after harvest. The white banded pine is a RCW cavity (nest) tree.

The Author (aka “admin”) is a retired Land Management Planner/Forester with 67 years experience, including 30 with the U.S. Forest Service, in the southeastern U.S.  He considers himself a “light green”: an anthropocentrist with ecocentric leanings.  Translated into operational terms – humans are the most important and influential component of our  planet’s ecosystem but their long-term survival and welfare are inextricably entwined with that of all other species.  He believes that the economic and social benefits  of active public land management deserve more recognition than they are now receiving.   Finally, his life experience has shown him that the judicious cropping of timber, including woody biomass,  is  compatible with, and can benefit,  other resources and that timber harvesting along with prescribed fire are the two most valuable tools available to the forest manager.  Should you wish to know more about his qualifications to speak on these matters, right click and open this link in a new window. Resume update 10-2011

 

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