Large trees play a critical ecological role, offering niche habitats for wildlife, and storing large amounts of carbon. Micro-habitat diversity has been demonstrated to increase with increasing tree diameter. Bark structures such as bark pockets, bark pockets with decay, and bowls in the bark can support a diverse array of fungi, lichens, and invertebrates.
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Let DNR know that you are opposed to the logging of this irreplaceable legacy forest.
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Dear Mr. Guthrie,
I am writing to urge you to cancel the Fontal timber sale. This sale would include the logging of one of the few older, structurally complex forest remnants in the Lower Snoqualmie River basin. Unit 4 in particular supports an abundance of standing dead trees, downed wood, and legacy trees that are over 180 feet tall and probably over 110 years old. Forests such as this have virtually disappeared from the greater Puget Sound region.
We are in the midst of a global warming crisis, and an unprecedented decline in global biodiversity. Now is not the time to be logging century-old trees, or replacing fire resistant older forests with young, fire-prone tree plantations that are susceptible to future climate disturbances, and may increase the fire risk to nearby residential areas.
The logging of mature legacy forests on DNR managed lands also violates Board of Natural Resources policies intended to preserve older forests, which dictate that structurally complex forests may be considered for harvest only after older forest have been met. These forests are not renewable resources. They were last harvested before mechanized logging and chemical spraying were common practice, and play a critical role in preserving genetic diversity and biological legacies of the old growth forests that once dominated the Pacific Northwest.
Thank you for listening.
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