272) The fact that CASPO decision in 1993 led to swift and significant changes in timber harvesting policies is a key to understanding the objectives and results of the QLG.
The effect of CASPO was to eliminate clearcutting and the harvesting of old growth and other large trees in adjacent national forests for the foreseeable future.
The CASPO decision and its aftermath created an opportunity to build a consensus for new methods of resource conservation and management.
In Quincy, even before the CASPO decision was announced, three individuals representing different sides of the debate began discussions to determine whether there were aspects of resource management and forest conservation upon which they could agree.
In the aftermath of CASPO, various agencies, individuals and interests struggled together to make adjustments to the new policy.
With the advent of the CASPO rules, however, harvesting of large trees in spotted owl territory was largely restricted,(298) thus reducing significantly the value of timber sales and making it far more difficult to address fuels management concerns.