Tuesday May 24, 2016
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Where in the world did that number of 40,000 trees greater than 16 inches come from?
OK, lets do the math. 40,000 "big" trees divided by 2.4 million acres = .017 trees per acre greater than 16 inches. I don't know about the rest of you, but that just doesn't jibe with what I see on the landscape as I drive through it every day. Using the link below, I queried the number of timberland trees by species in Gila county. The Forest Inventory Analysis database, based on forest inventories from 2001-2008, shows that Gila County (by itself) has approximately 17.5 million ponderosa pine trees, of which over 2 million are 16 inches or greater. In fact, the data shows more than 600,000 pine trees greater than 20 inches. When you include Coconino and Navajo Counties, the numbers increase dramatically. Don't believe me? Check for yourself.
All that being said, I applaud the efforts of the Forest Service, state & local officials, and the Center for Biological Diversity for setting aside their differences to work toward a common goal of restoring our forests. Its about time!
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