Saturday, October 16, 2010
Think historically of the Cascade Range and you think of logging. Over the last 100+ years virtually every acre of public land has been logged - except for those areas that were economically not profitable to harvest. Some of that remaining land was the basis for the creation of the National Park and wilderness systems. Today, many leading scientists and former officials of the U.S. Forest Service recognize that the number one ecosystem service of public lands, will not be timber harvesting or grazing, but the year round availability and slow release of clean water.