It no doubt will increase biological productivity as it lets in sunlight and clears the ground for grass and forbs,herbvores will increase and the predators that eat them ,that doesn't change the fact that it's quite ugly and will ruin a nice drive.Also the state isn't doing it to increase biological productivity.They claim it's for fire suppression and for that it may work quite well.I still think a fire lane cut behind the areas of human settlement would be more suitable to protect life and property then a fire lane up this road which is close to no settlement but Tylertown and there is still enough woods between the two that the fire if set on that side of the road would build to a crown given enough wind before it got there. Then again fire is a risk anyone that lives in the Pines should understand they must live with.Keep valuables in fireproof boxes that can be grabbed and ran with and if you get the wife,kids and dogs out no matter what else you lose life is still good.If you want to live in the woods you shouldn't want the woods cut down to protect your house in the woods.I have seen areas where the thinning has been done correctly and there is a significant difference in numbers of fauna. Lee, Haines and the state has thinned land and the results have been positive. Over the summer, a large stretch of land was thinned along Magnolia just past the circle and no one even noticed. The activity is a positive on the choked barrens.
FWIW, my comment was in regard to the "Eastern, Central and Western Stands" that are designated on the map, not the fire lane.They claim it's for fire suppression and for that it may work quite well.I still think a fire lane cut behind the areas of human settlement would be more suitable
I posted the same concern almost a year ago, post #10 in this thread with little response:46ers original post on this thread spelled it out perfectly map and all. He posted all this info almost a year ago. My only concern is how much this opens up vehicle access to more sessitive wetlands in Wharton. It should be monitored closely.
RTP is the Federally funded Recreational Trails Program : "provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles." http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/index.cfm
AGREE, took a ride out to Batsto yesterday and what an awful disappointment. Washington Turnpike showcased what a ride in the pines is. I don't know much about forest fire management so I can't judge but I do know one thing... an incredible scenic area is being destroyed. I had no idea those signs indicated such a devastating change of this scale was coming. It's hard to believe that planned destruction of this magnitude can be seen as positive and needed ? Washington turnpike is looking pretty much like a utility road where they cutout a swath of trees for electric lines. What beauty.I dislike.
The activity is a positive on the choked barrens.
Interesting choice of words... If nature has decided to "choke" the barrens, so what? Who says that the area needs to support any more variety? At best this seems short-sighted. Whatever you dislike about the area is probably the result of man's interference in the first place (like clear cutting for charcoal, etc). Would it be so terrible to just let nature take its course? I mean, 100 years from now won't it evolve into whatever best suits the location? And in the short term all the people and machinery moving through the area for two and a half years will surely have a negative impact.The choked barrens stinks for anything but the pine trees within it, doesnt support a whole lot else.