Regarding David Carkhuff's hazard tree article of Feb. 16, I thought it wasn't real clear that hazard trees are those that are damaged or killed by fire, and are close enough to a road that they might injure motorists. That's the hazard.

And since they need to be cut, the only way to use them for lumber is to log them quickly, like within a year after they are killed. Otherwise, they rot and may fall onto the road or onto recreationists or forest users.

Contrary to the article, a "CE" is the most restricted analysis process, because it can only be used for a few types of projects that are unlikely to cause environmental effects. Because it's use is restricted, it is the quickest process and thus meets the need of the forest to get the trees out before they fall and while they are still valuable.

Ed Farren


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