The forests of the Sierra Nevada are the source of most of California’s water, and they support a rich diversity of plant and animal species. Public land forests are enjoyed by recreationists, but are also subject to grazing, mining and other uses. Forests on private lands are managed intensively for timber production, raising concerns about watershed health and wildlife habitat.
Below you can read more about the different issues facing public and private forest lands:
For many decades, the national forests of America have been hotbeds of controversy as Congress, industrial groups, anti- environmental organizations, and "local control" groups have pressed for high levels of logging, grazing, mining, road-building, and other uses on public forest lands.
Large fires like the Rim Fire reduce the forest's capacity to sustain those uses without damaging the land, further exacerbating the issue.
CSERC faces all of those challenges as we deal with projects and policies that affect the environment within the Stanislaus National Forest.
In the past, lumber companies in the region managed most of their forestlands in a responsible fashion that provided good habitat value for most wildlife species.
In recent years, however, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has bought out all its competitors in the region.
Now SPI is aggressively logging its lands with widespread clear cutting, followed by bulldozing, herbicide treatments, and the creation of sterile tree plantations.