Flathead National Forest wants to cut down 270 of its genetically best, big larch trees simply to collect their cones for seed one time, rather than pick the cones or drop select branches to the ground!
Please write a short email or letter today and urge the Flathead to use time-proven, non-lethal methods to collect larch cones and seed for its nurseries!
See here and at right how the Ochoco National Forest uses a lift truck to pick larch cones and lets the trees live to see another day and another generation!
The Flathead has no shortage of big larch trees along roads at various elevations and microclimates to suit its genetic selection process - and there remain plenty of non-lethal options where a lift truck cannot be used!
Tell the Flathead to let 270 of America’s best 2-foot diameter larch trees live on to spread their seed for future generations in the wild - and for nursery seed collection in the future!
Comments must be submitted by April 16, 2012.
American Three-toed Woodpecker. Keith Hammer photo.