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USFS destroying forest, economy

Letter: Leonard Wallace New Meadows



Whatever happened to forest management? In the ‘60s, you could see a long way in the forest, now you are lucky if you can see 100 feet. In the ‘60s we were logging the old growth, the economy was strong, and jobs were plentiful. Then along came the modern Forest Service: First clear cuts, then close the lookouts not needed for fire prevention, then let her burn. They say they don’t have a let-burn policy, but if they don’t put them out, that is a let-burn policy. I know of two fires that the Forest Service wouldn’t let the locals put out; this is a let-burn policy. Then they basically stopped logging, putting the local economy into a tailspin.

Now we have terribly overgrown forests caused by what the U.S.F.S. call ladder fuels (small trees and brush.) Consequently, they are monitoring some fires under the assumption that they are getting rid of ladder fuels.

Now what do these huge burnt areas cause besides huge open areas, global warming (yes, it is real), huge open areas with no trees to shade the ground. Consequently the snow melts faster, what little we get. The ground stays warmer, lots more wind because there are no trees to help slow it down.

Now some more facts about wildfires and controlled burns. Both generate huge amounts of carbon dioxide, which to ladder fuels is food and fertilizer; the more food and fertilizer the faster ladder fuel grows, or anything else for that matter. Plus, in the burned areas there are no trees left to absorb the carbon dioxide, which leaves more food and fertilizer for the ladder fuels to grow better. Incidentally, probably 40 percent of the forest is burned. Oh well, they will probably have more controlled burns in the future.

They are creating their own jobs, destroying our forest and the local economy at the same time.

Yes. The U.S.F.S. is our forests and the local economy’s worst enemy, no exceptions!

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows



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