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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • George Sexton made a public comment in this newspaper stating, "If we're truly interested in more jobs in the woods, there's no better place to start than thinning the thousands of acres of dense second-growth plantations." Since he mentioned two Southern Oregon politicians, we are left to assume that these "acres" are here in Jackson and Josephine counties, and are of commercial value.
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  • George Sexton made a public comment in this newspaper stating, "If we're truly interested in more jobs in the woods, there's no better place to start than thinning the thousands of acres of dense second-growth plantations." Since he mentioned two Southern Oregon politicians, we are left to assume that these "acres" are here in Jackson and Josephine counties, and are of commercial value.
    The Southern Oregon Small Diameter Collaborative, of which I am a member, has been searching for small diameter stands that can be removed in an economical manner for a decade. There is no government money to subsidize this work. "Economical manner" means that trees should average at least 11 inches in diameter with a minimum of 3,000 board feet per acre for ground-based logging operations or 5,000 board feet per acre for cable yarding systems. Even with these proven parameters, there is no guarantee that these trees would sell.
    I believe George should tell us publicly, in this medium, where these "thousands of acres of plantations" are in Southern Oregon, that could create jobs, be done in a manner that does not have to be subsidized, bring revenue to counties, and that won't be litigated. — Blair Moody, Society of American Foresters, Medford
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