Timbering in OH State Forests Vital to Wildlife


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Original Opinion article Timbering in OH State Forests Vital to Wildlife, Economy by Mark Jones* posted 8:22 p.m. EST November 29, 2016 by the Cincinnati Enquirer http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/letters/2016/11/29/timbering-state-forests-vital-wildlife-and-economy/94637584/ was picked up and featured also on The Young Forest Project website at http://youngforest.org/news/timbering-oh-state-forests-vital-wildlife-economy. It is a response to "stop logging" Opinion.

Original article begins:
Regarding “It’s time to stop logging in state’s forests” (Nov. 21): I consider myself an avid environmental activist in additional to being an enthusiastic bird watcher and hunter. Logging Ohio’s state forests is vital for wildlife and the “life enriching benefits” of being outdoors.

The Ruffed Grouse Society, especially its Southwest Ohio chapter (Gilbert Symons Chapter), strongly supports timber harvesting in Ohio’s publicly owned forests. One of the most important results of timbering is the creation of new growth, early successional forests or young brushy woods. Young brushy woods are among the most productive habitat for wildlife.
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* Mark K. Jones, past chair, Ruffed Grouse Society Gilbert Symons Chapter (Cincinnati, OH area)

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