The following comments and questions were asked by Lorna Dobrovolny from CA
Dept. of Fish and Game:
'I work with Cal Fire foresters on wildlife issues in El Dorado County resulting
from forest fuel reduction projects. There are no longer any DFG staff on
timber harvesting review teams as a result of state budget cut-backs.
California spotted owl has only a Species of Special Concern status. Thus, very
limited regulatory protection from projects on private forest lands. I was very
interested and concerned about Rocky's findings regarding spotted owls. There
has been substantial timber harvesting and population expansion in the early to
mid 2000s during the housing boom in El Dorado County. I'm not sure how the
SNAMP research can outline a study plan to definitively show that it's the Last
Chance fuel break that would be impacting the birds, given a demonstrated
existing decline. Do you know how this is going to be accounted for? Also, the
USFS and CAL FIRE have given much grant money to forest land owners in the past,
mostly to tie together ridgetop fuel breaks for fire prevention. Most of that
work was mastication, the result of which may not offer spotted owls suitable
Thanks for you comments and questions Lorna.
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