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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Potter County PA
DCNR - Logging practice concern?
I do alot of scouting..in the woods and on the computer. I have a job where I get to look at some really cool and in depth aerial photo's and maps that many never truely get to see or understand.
Anyways, in some of my "research" for work *cough cough* I noticed a pattern with DCNR clearcuts in the Potter area. They are almost exclusivly on ridgetops; mostly easy access areas. I'd hate to say it, but it almost seems like they are "cherry picking" the best areas for fastest tree removal and quickest wrap up.
Does anyone have any input on this? I have really been putting on the miles, checking out alot of these cuts, and the only real reason I can see for doing this is simply what I said above - easy pick'ins. I mean, I walk the perimeter of these cuts and there are some real money trees just down the slopes and hillsides.
If this is the case, I'm not a big fan of this at all. Kind of looks like they are just trying to make a quick buck, and not manage the habitat properly. Some of these areas had some truely massive Oak and Cherry sitting on these hillsides, that really need cut. Some truely old forests that just really need cut...but are sitting there since it may not be as cost efficient.
Sorry for the rant. I'm not complaining..yet. I want some input as to why this is. I just feel some real old forests are not only going to waste, but are also causing some very poor habitat conditions.
WMU 2G, Potter County