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Jeremy Macrow

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Climate change for sure paired with logging basically coming to a complete halt have made for a real tragic situation. Lord help us.

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"Montana’s 18,981,723 acres of non-reserved commercial timberland is divided between public and private ownerships. The public owns 12,945,591 acres, and another 6,036,132 are privately owned.

Montana’s 22.5 million-acre forestland base includes 22.4 million acres of timberland. 85% of Montana’s timberland base is held in unreserved classifications, meaning it is available for harvest.  About 60% of unreserved timber-some 11.4 million acres-is held in national forests.

"Timberland, non-reserved" is defined as land available for harvest, and capable of growing at least 20 cubic feet of wood per acre per year. Montana west of the Continental Divide contains some of the most productive forestland in the nation. More than 40% has the potential to produce more than 85 cubic feet per acre per year, and more than 60% is capable of growing between 50 and 119 cubic feet per acre per year."  http://www.montanaforests.com/forests/

I believe there is a lot of mismanagement but there is still a lot of logging.


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I had absolutely no idea of the fires in Montana. Wildfires in California for example get mentioned in the news here. Nobody has said anything about Montana. So horrible.
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And Oregon is experiencing a devastating fire at the moment, too. Such beautiful countryside being destroyed.
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Your not alone I live in Eastern Washington and we have been in a smoke cloud just about all summer. The Eagle Creek Trail near the Dalls area which is usually a beautiful hike has been burned to a crisp. There's fires up North of here by Omak and some even larger ones in Canada. It has been a hot dry year it hasn't rained much since spring. Crazy year all around the Country. My conspiracy theory friends walking around in their own smoke clouds think it is because they shut off the H.A.A.R.P. station in Alaska an experimental project that puts a charge into the ionosphere. Aside from the dry weather a lot of it is mismanagement of forest lands. They clear cut areas and replanted and nobody went back in to thin it out like a natural forest. There's far too much underbrush and the trees are too close together leaving them susceptible to things like mistletoe or European pine shoot beetles. It is a ruff year for just about everyone hopefully this type of year won't become the norm. Before humans started putting out all the forest fires it was part of the natural cycle and trees like Douglas fir in a natural situation have bark that adapts to fires. Yesterday and today were finally clear I could finally see the Cascades and Blue Mountain ranges off in the distance. There is hope and hopefully as fall approaches we will see some relief from rain. Probably why the Native Americans thought it was strange that we thought we could own land. Everyone just needs a Walter Sobchak "This is what happens" type lecture about taking care of the planet.
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