ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Alaska yellow cedar trees may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act because of ongoing threats from climate change and logging. Vast swaths of yellow cedars have died off in the past century, with more than 70 percent of these long-lived, beautiful trees now dead in many areas of Alaska.
Yellow cedar bark-- from LIVING TREES ONLY-- (and the removal of some bark doesn’t kill them) is a principal weaving material for hat- & basket-makers. It is taken from the younger-to- middle-aged trees in the Spring. The idea that things are so desperate that THESE need listing with the ESA is really and truly troubling. The logging… which is operated at a LOSS to “us”- the people for whom the Federal Government manages the National Forests- MUST END… or at least be managed in a severely different method. The ‘intact’ forest can still provide some specialty wood, on a selective basis, so that there is only a small amount of timber, thoughtfully designated & carefully removed, which would allow the forest to develop to maturity indefinitely. No more “economies of scale”-driven logging on ANY public lands ANYWHERE, is my personal desire. Indigenous cultures that have learned to live within their means have understood this. It’s time the rest of us- “interlopers”- got the Message. ^…^