Debate over juniper woodlands in northeast California. Video by Tom Knudson and Randy Pench
The Sacramento Bee
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Posted by: clemdidem
Juniper are basically a large noxious weed and they remove valuable water fron the ecosystem. With the loss of water native grasses will not grow and there is less forage for mule deer and for cattle. For eons lightning fires kept the spread of Juniper in check but with the firmanagement that we have had for the past 100years, the juniper have had a free hand to spread so now we need to remove then by mechanical means. I wold hardly call a 60 year old fishing guide who is miostlikely a transplant from LA or womeother large metropolitan area, an outside expert. You would most likely get an accurate opinion from a rancher or wildlife biologist from the Modoc area.
on Sep 21, 2008 at 07:56 am
Posted by: osugmukaw
I think if folks decide they need to burn these trees, doing so in a single wood stove burner rather than a large scale biomass facility is a much higher and better use of the resource. These trees provide habitat. Take them with great care and consideration, rather than the wholesale clearcuts demonstrated in this video. Burning them for electricity is not worth it, per one of the interviewee's comments.
on May 18, 2009 at 02:11 pm
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