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On some other forums dealing with forestry, I exchange ideas on a broad range of topics. This week there is a post about the proposed action to allow the USFS to use chainsaws in the Weminuche Wilderness area in SW CO. I am trying to have a discussion with 95 other people that all think that forests in wilderness areas need to managed. They want to log them, and thin them, and cut firewood and replant them.
I assume that these are mostly outdoor people, but they can't seem to get the idea that wilderness areas have no roads, ....on purpose.
Nearly all wilderness areas in the West and Alaska have never been logged because they occur at the upper elevations, are too remote and have marginal timber lands.
Backcountry users of wilderness areas like the group here, understand the benefits of remote country and solidtude. Much of the public apparently has no experience and no idea about what being is a wilderness area is like.
Is this something you run into talking with friends and family or the lay public? This has really caught me by surprise. The Wilderness Act has been around since 1964. The first primitve areas were created around 1949. What gives? Help me out TS members.