ERIC Number: ED216815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Timber Production and Its Environmental Impacts. AIO Red Paper #21.
Provost, Julia K.
The supply of the nation's forests is very great, and of this supply, approximately 1 1/2 percent comes from American Indian forests. Timber resources are three-fold: the slash (unusable limbs, tops, and stumps), as well as the unmarketable trees, provide wood for fuel; the sale of timber provides tribal revenue from a renewable source; and the forestry industry provides job opportunities. Cutting practices, chemicals used for thinning, logging practices, and site preparation practices prior to planting or seeding all impact on water quality, erosion, and wild life health, and because of this require intensive management practices. Certain types of timber or forested areas hold cultural significance for some tribes: the lands the timber stands on were designated as having religious meaning, herbs which grow in the forests are used for medicine, or wildlife is held sacred by the tribe. The need for the development of an indepth forestry management program for tribal forests is obvious, and it is of utmost importance that it be under tribal management and control. (AH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Americans for Indian Opportunity, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.