Letter to the editor: Proposed boost in logging won’t help Camel’s Hump
Camel’s Hump is an absolute gem. However, the DRAFT Forest Resource Management Plan suggests significantly increased logging. Why?
It is time to take a different approach that puts more emphasis on forest ecosystem conservation and less emphasis on timber harvest, over-developed recreation, and human control.
Vermont will benefit economically, ecologically and culturally from more wild forests. Let’s allow Camel’s Hump the opportunity to re-wild more of herself. Letters to VT FP&R by April 15 could help.
While we are at it, let’s re-examine what “working forest” means in Vermont. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (VF FP&R) could and should lead the way in moving Vermont’s forestry beyond Gifford Pinchot’s wise use approach. Aldo Leopold’s more holistic relationship with forests is what is needed now.
In a rapidly changing climate, culture, and economy, putting forest health first would be the ‘right’ thing to do. And Camel’s Hump gives us the opportunity to at least begin that conversation.
Mark A. Nelson of Bristol
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