Forest supervisor supports Bush’s plan |

Forest supervisor supports Bush’s plan

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest said Thursday he didn’t object to President George W. Bush’s desire for a “hands-off” policy that would make it easier to cut wood from national forest land.

“He’s not making any executive orders,” Steve Eubanks said. “He’s asking the secretaries of agriculture and interior to help streamline the process. He’s not suggesting anything that would exclude the public. Overall, it seems like a healthy approach.”

Eubanks said even if the process for timber harvesting got looser, it would still be a thorough one.

“When we sell timber it’s a very structured and controlled activity,” he said. “We go through a very detailed assessment. Second, if a project is approved, we develop a very rigorous contract. It’s not some slipshod operation.”

Just as cleanup and reforestation of the Star fire, a more than 17,000-acre burn in the Tahoe and Eldorado national forests, is meant to prevent future catastrophic wildfires, the goal is to improve forest management and save the precious trees we have now, he said.

“We have lots and lots of acres susceptible to fire,” Eubanks said. “The very values environmental organizations are concerned with, we are all concerned about. Right now we’re losing more of those values to fire than any other kind of disturbance. We need to figure out how to deal with that.”

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or at

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