Here's another on jobs. We have area of the state where the woodlands are so thick with growth that it is difficult for humans to be able to walk through. For large wildlife it is even worse. In some areas this has become such a problem that elk are moving to other areas. I am a firm believer in taking care of our environment and in making sure we have a sound ecosystem for years to come. In our efforts to protect this system and our wildlife, we have the habit of overkill. I have seen this happen in Mississippi when in the name of conservation it went too far and the deer population took a major hit. We had herds that were too large and the system was not able to support them. There was also mass inbreeding. These two issues caused weaker unhealthy animals.
With a situation as we have in Montana, Not only is it not good to be so paranoid about cutting trees for the same reasons mentioned above, but it is good for the wooded areas as for the plant growth. Over crowded is never good. This over growth also adds fuel for wild fires to get way out of control and burning hotter. Causing more damage to the area effected by the fire than needs to be. This hits us harder due to the cost time and equipment needed to attempt to fight these fires. As you see the over protection of natural growth areas causes many problems. That's why sensible harvesting is a MUST DO issue.
With sensible harvesting we keep a cleaner environment, improve air and water quality, provide better habitat for our wildlife, save money and create jobs. We need to have our mills re-opened and producing lumber again. There is a vast number of jobs which could be created here. Such as people to go through and choose what needs to come out, those doing the cutting, removal and transporting of the timber, those producing the lumber and people to replant for new growth. There are large areas which need major replanting due to fire damage and beetle kill alone.
We need to use as much of this lumber which can be used here in Montana as possible so we don't import as much, thus lowering our cost on consumers, with any extra being sold outside the state. We would also gain by not having so much damage done by smoke from fires and the added health issues and medical treatment for those effected. Once again lowering the cost on Montanans to survive.
There are other benefits to sensible harvesting for job growth, income for the state, and the people of Montana at large. For example - people all over the country buy ponderosa pine bark for decorating their flower beds with ground cover. That is something we for sure are not short on. Any parts of the trees not used (limbs and such) by the lumber industry can be stock piled around the state for fire wood use by those in need of it for a very low price or free. Once again I believe you are able to see the snowball effect here and how just one thing ties in with so many others. To not look at the big picture in this manner is nothing more than insane at its best.