And I don’t mean beer! The Forest Service at 9- mile wasn’t kidding when they said they were returning the area to “historic”. First, in the mid to late 1800’s, humans logged the area of 500-600 year old larch, cedar and Doug fir, then they burned it, then they put cows on it. In a period of enlightenment, in the 1960’s to 1970’s, they finally got the cows off. It took 20-40 years to get all the barbed wire out. It’s taken 50-60 years for the forest to heal and regrow.
But, for the last several years, the F.S. has logged the biggest trees, burned and reburned, and now they put the dam cows back on public land! No wonder they wanted the native sedges, kinikinik and grouse berry out. It’s all weeds, now, and sparse non-native grasses for the dam cows. The elk haven’t even been there much since all the burns. Their food and habitat has been destroyed for cows! for human-centered historic use, so we can remember how abusive the human race is to native forests! So, forget hunting elk. It’s slow elk season, year round. We’re not getting paid for cows grazing on our land. We didn’t get paid for our public trees being logged for someone else’s profit. And we didn’t approve the waste and destruction of the F.S. thinning and burning program. Maybe we should sue the Forest Service for abuse of public lands — multiple abuse! It’s historical abuse! Young people now don’t even know how much forest we used to have. It wasn’t all vast areas burned off, or clearcut, or thinned to looking like a bad hair transplant on the hillsides. It’s no longer a forest, but a bunch of sticks sticking up with a sterile understory, a dead ecosystem. None of the diverse wildlife of the forests can live in this open, sparse landscape; no trees are even allowed branches lower than 20 feet! It’s discouraging that all the work of the 1970’s to save diversity and forest habitat has been wiped out in less than 10 years due to greed, ego, and stupity.
What forests used to look like:
What the F.S. has done to an area across from a creek, a wet area! Now, the cows will finish the job.