Sierra Club log stance reversed

By Alex MacLean / The Union Democrat

The Sierra Club's Mother Lode chapter in Sacramento has retracted the organization's support for expedited salvage logging projects proposed by the U.S. Forest Service in areas burned by last year's Rim Fire.

Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter Chairwoman Barbara Williams and Chapter Director Terry Davis jointly submitted a letter to Forest Service Regional Forester Randy Moore on Monday clarifying the organization's position against salvage logging, after the club's Tuolumne Group signed a letter last week that supported such activities on burned portions of the Stanislaus National Forest.

"Unfortunately, while the Sierra Club strives to speak with one voice, occasionally there is a breakdown in communication," the letter sent Monday stated. "In this instance, the views expressed in the YSS (Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions) letter that was signed by our Tuolumne Group was not consistent with our position. The Sierra Club is not supporting any level of Rim Fire salvage logging, with the exception of appropriate removal of hazardous trees."

Tuolumne Group Chairman Jon Sturtevant said the local branch signed the letter prior to consulting with Mother Lode Chapter officials in Sacramento. The chapter features a total of about 22,000 members across 11 regional groups.

The Tuolumne Group consists of about 700 members in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Sturtevant said.

For the complete story, see the May 1, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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