“Forest ecosystems are complex, more complex than we can think.”
The late Jack Ward Thomas, a research wildlife biologist and former chief of the U.S. Forest Service, often recited this line in speeches he gave.
He was only referring to ecosystems.
Throw in economics and social wants and desires, and the equation becomes significantly more complicated.
All forests can’t be all things at all times in all places. You can’t have an old-growth and a young forest at the same time. A forest can’t maximize carbon storage and reduce the wildfire risk at the same time. [Read more…]