California's Clear-cutting Explosion

Enviromentalists and the timber industry clash over increase in clear-cutting.
June 9, 2000, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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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.

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Published on Friday, June 9, 2000 in Salon
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