Aug 30, 2006

SEA 354-Forestry Issues

Allows certain land to be classified as wildlands for property tax purposes. We don’t really have a problem with that. What we have a problem with is that the law goes on to specify that a native forest to have at least 1000 trees per acre, but a forest plantation need have only 400. This seems a little backward to us. A plantation is certainly less of a habitat than a genuine native forest. Why is it that the tax break comes easier to the plantation than the undisturbed forest? Could the timber industry have anything to do with it? Something doesn’t smell right.

Author: Thomas K. Weatherwax
Sponsor: John Ulmer

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