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Salvage logging is the practice of logging trees in forest areas that have been damaged by wildfire , flood , severe wind , disease , insect infestation, or other natural disturbance in order to recover economic value that would otherwise be lost. Although the primary motivation of salvage logging is economic, it has also been suggested that salvage logging may reduce erosion, reduce intensity of future wildfires , and slow buildup of pest insects.
As with other logging operations, the harvesting may be either by selection , thinning or clearcutting , and a regeneration plan may be put in place after the logging. Salvage logging may include removal of remaining live trees in predominantly dead stands. One highly publicized instance of salvage logging followed the Biscuit Fire in Oregon and California in Since the fire, the United States Forest Service has been salvaging burned timber in the area. The process was expedited when President George W.
Effects of postfire salvage logging on deadwood-associated beetles.
Bush signed the Healthy Forests Restoration Act allowing salvage logging to occur more quickly and with reduced threat of lawsuits. Forests across western North America impacted by recent mountain pine beetle infestations are currently being salvage logged.
Salvage logging is of particular concern ecologically because disturbed landscapes tend to be under appreciated and undervalued, and therefore more imperiled than other successional stages on the landscape. Salvage logging operations generally take the largest snags and surviving trees, leaving lower density stands dominated by small-diameter snags.
While proponents of salvage logging argue that it reduces the harmful effects of future fires in the logged area, opponents maintain that the costs and benefits of salvage logging have not been scientifically studied, and that there is evidence the practice actually increases damage from future fires and reduces natural regeneration due to soil disturbance and the addition of logging slash.
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