Is salvage logging legal and carried out in California?

Salvage logging is the practice of clearcutting of all trees in a fire-affected area.

Unfortunately yes on both counts, and increasingly practiced. Salvage logging occurs with less oversight than clearcutting on the theory that killed trees are hazardous so the need for their speedy removal constitutes an emergency.

A forest already impacted by fire should be left alone to heal and recover. But post-fire logging removes structures (standing dead trees) vital to recolonizing wildlife and steals nutrients that should be recycled into the forest rather than removed from the site.

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