Rows and rows of timber stacked up high; viewed from the long end of the pile, with the exposed inside of the tree logs showing.

Timber Salvage Projects

2017-2021

  • June 2020

    In June 2020, the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment (BLM) issued a pro­posed rule to cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly exclude tim­ber sal­vage projects of up to 5,000 acres in size from envi­ron­men­tal review under the Nation­al Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy Act (NEPA). Sal­vage log­ging is the prac­tice of log­ging trees that have been dam­aged by wild­fire, insect infes­ta­tion and dis­ease, drought, and oth­er disturbances.

  • July 2020

    In July 2020, Cal­i­for­nia Attor­ney Gen­er­al Xavier Becer­ra sub­mit­ted com­ments oppos­ing BLM’s pro­pos­al. In the com­ment let­ter, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Becer­ra not­ed that the pro­pos­al is like­ly to have sig­nif­i­cant envi­ron­men­tal impacts, includ­ing soil dis­tur­bance, ero­sion, wildlife impacts, and the spread of non-native and inva­sive species. Attor­ney Gen­er­al Becer­ra also point­ed out that the pro­pos­al unnec­es­sar­i­ly shuts out pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and fails to offer any jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the twen­ty-fold increase in the size of projects that are exclud­ed from envi­ron­men­tal review. The let­ter urged BLM to aban­don the pro­pos­al and instead focus on work that address­es the threats posed by cli­mate change and that pro­vides a tar­get­ed, sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly-based approach to pro­tect­ing com­mu­ni­ties and pub­lic lands.