The Oneida County Forestry, Land, and Outdoor Recreation Committee voted last week to recommend joining with other area counties in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to better manage the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
The counties involved are Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, and Vilas. Forest County will take the lead since it has the largest acreage of forest land within its boundaries.
The committee was presented with a resolution from Forest County that asks the Forest Service to ensure that it is properly managing the forest.
Forestry Director John Bilogan said he was in favor of the resolution.
"I feel we should jump in and join the rest of the counties," Bilogan said. "By and large, there's nothing stated in the resolution that I would disagree with and the basic premise here is that the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are currently harvesting approximately 50 percent of their allowable cut. This resolution states that by the federal government managing the forest that way, there's a big economic impact and a big environmental impact with fire dangers and so on and so forth. We would like them to start managing and harvesting their timber accordingly."
Committee member Tom Rudolph was also in favor of the county endorsing the resolution.
"We're asking the (U.S. Forest Service) to come up with ways and means to manage the forest as it needs to be managed and to try to meet their allowable cut that will provide for sound forest management," Rudolph said.
Supervisor Bob Martini, however, warned that an increased amount of timber coming out of the forest could have a detrimental effect on timber prices.
"It seems to me that somebody should do an analysis of what happens to the wood market if suddenly ... the forest starts meeting its allowable cut. It could, temporarily at least, depress wood prices," Martini said.
The committee said it would look into Martini's concerns and then voted to send the resolution on to the county board.
Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Environmentalists war on wood runs wild: see Bill Clinton's "Roadless Initiative," which now is the law of the land. When you go to buy lumber, please observe the "Made in New Zealand" or "Made in Sweden" label. How's that working out for all of you who consider yourselves good ole northern Wisconsin "working men?"
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