California's Clear-cutting Explosion

Enviromentalists and the timber industry clash over increase in clear-cutting.

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June 9, 2000, 12:30 PM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

Timber industry officials claim that clear-cutting which involves logging every tree in a forested area and replacing it with a tree plantation keeps forests healthy. But enviromentalists worry that this practice endangers our wildlife and natural heritage and point out clear-cutting near the giant sequoias of the Big Trees State Park as an example. Sierra Pacific Industries, a privately-held timber company that has been criticized for its practices has been a contributor to California Governer Gray Davis' campaign last year. While clear-cutting is legal in California, can Californians trust the governor to balance industry interests and the environment? Salon's Mark Hertsgaard investigates.

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Friday, June 9, 2000 in Salon


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