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For healthy trees

Forest management a win-win

By Max Braswell, Joe Fox and Philip A. Tappe Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 3, 2016 at 3:05 a.m.

"The handling of our forests as a continuous, renewable resource means permanent employment and stability to our country life."--Franklin D. Roosevelt

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mrcharles says... March 3, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.

For healthy trees?

Against healthy people?

Arkansas is so strange.

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LContreras says... March 21, 2016 at 4:33 p.m.

Life is not good for coal power plants or pellet mills, good news for Arkansas tourism and the environment!

Enviva and Drax Under Investigation - The Pellet Problem

A report filed on March 14, 2016, by the Dogwood Alliance and the Partnership for Policy Integrity, on behalf of Enviva shareholders holding $53 Billion in assets, requested an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Enviva’s claims “burning wood pellets reduces greenhouse gas emissions and benefits forests.”

The European Commission opened an in-depth 2016 investigation to assess whether the U.K. plans to subsidize the conversion of a third 660-megawatt generator, from coal to wood pellets, at the Drax power station are in line with EU aid rules, and assess whether the results of burning pellets are achieving EU energy and environmental 2020 objectives.

Here are other references

How Europe's good environmental intentions are inadvertently destroying America's Forests
November 2015, AlterNet

Blazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies
Energy companies are exploiting "clean coal" myths to justify dirty developments and profit from lucrative subsidies.
July 2015

Not only burning wood pellets are worse than coal, the result for Arkansas would be deforestation and low prices for timber. The two new pellet mills with a combined export capacity of 1.3 million tons of pellets per year would require 3 times the amount of tree mass, with daily deliveries.

Coal-fired power plants, steel plants, and other GHG polluters can pay carbon credits to compensate private forest owners as they transition to solar farms. Everybody wins.

"For healthy trees" ignores the purpose of the forests: The greatest good, for the greatest number of people, for the longest time”. Gifford Pinchot, US Forest Service.

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LContreras says... July 21, 2016 at 3 p.m.

"The handling of our forests as a continuous, renewable resource means permanent employment and stability to our country life."

FDR may have thought forests were renewable resources in 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression. There were no jobs, and FDR was not an ecologist.

Life has changed in 83 years, forester's thinking has not.

Trees are not resources and forests are not renewable, most old-growth forests are gone. The benefits of the forests, clean air, clean water, flood protection, are vital. Greed and ignorance are driving deforestation and prescribed burns.

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