Eulogy for QLG: its name may be dead but its legacy lives on
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 — Twenty years. That’s how long it took the Quincy Library Group philosophy to permeate forest management practices. What was once considered a radical concept is now accepted as the best approach to preserve our resources.
Governor Jerry Brown embraced the idea in his just-released Water Action Plan, which reads in part: “Restore forest health through ecologically sound forest management. Overgrown forests not only pose a risk of catastrophic fire, but can significantly reduce water yield.” How often did we hear QLG members articulate those sentiments?
By now most are familiar with QLG’s story. Tired of the fighting about timber harvests, an environmentalist, Michael Jackson; a timber industry executive, Tom Nelson; and a county supervisor, Bill Coates; decided to seek common ground. They met on neutral territory at the Quincy library, hence the name. Like-minded individuals from the private and public sectors, including the Forest Service, joined them.