WHEREAS salvage of trees damaged or destroyed by insects, disease, fire or drought provides multiple benefits, including; reduced fuel loading, increased safety, regeneration of “the next forest”, lumber production, and economic contributions to local economies and communities; and
WHEREAS the Western Colorado timber industry needs whatever salvage may be available to continue operations and maintain jobs; and
WHEREAS excessive levels of dead timber is detrimental d to multiple use values such as wildlife, recreational, scenic, grazing, and agriculture values,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports a program whereby the U.S. Forest Service initiates and perpetuates salvage harvesting on a selected basis where timber has been destroyed by insects, disease, fire or drought; and that access should be maintained where danger of these conditions exist, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports long-term forest management strategies that will restore or increase the resiliency of the national forests to insects, disease, fire, and drought.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED damaged salvaged timber should be discounted in pricing, to encourage active management of distressed forests.
Renewed 9/10/ 2010
(Formerly 94-9 PL 2)