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SLVEC believes that any biomass operation in the San Luis Valley must be appropriately scaled and ecologically sustainable.
1. THE PERCEIVED FIRE RISK WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED BY REMOVAL OF DEAD TREES.
2. THE RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST IS RECOVERING AND VULNERABLE TO ADDITIONAL DISTURBANCE.
3. A large-scale operation that uses 1000 or more acres of material from the RGNF annually may adversely affect habitat for several wildlife species, including the federally listed Canada lynx and species of conservation concern.
4. Large scale tree removal would also delay or thwart the ecological recovery that is underway following the recent spruce beetle outbreak.
- Biomass Ecosystem Council Position Paper
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