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The CASPO report also recommended that measures be taken to improve fuels management in and around forest stands.
After completion of CASPO, SNEP, and subsequent studies, on the protection of the spotted owl, conservation of biological diversity, and providing for resource sustainability in the Sierra Nevada became the new watchwords of Forest Service planning.
The Library Group is by no means the earliest of these groups, but arguably has been among the most successful in its ability to influence policy.(270) Thanks to controversies surrounding the scientific and environmental efficacy of its proposals,(271) it is also among the most celebrated and notorious.(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.(279) Bill Coates, then a Plumas County Supervisor; Michael Jackson, a local attorney and environmentalist, and Tom Nelson, a professional forester employed by Sierra Pacific Industries (the largest timber company in the state and owner of a local lumber mill) participated in the first meetings that were originally held in the Quincy Public Library.
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.