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USFS contributes to carbon dioxide levels

Letter: Leonard Wallace New Meadows

Supposedly the U.S.F.S. is going to restore our forests back to what they were in 1900; virtually impossible with the current management plan. In 1900 we may have had a population of 100,000, now we have more than 1.3 million to say nothing of the number of motorized vehicles, and other animals that are breathing out carbon dioxide, which is more than likely many times more than what it was in 1900. Our wildfires, which are being managed strictly for money, are probably putting out more carbon dioxide every second than, say, 500 cars. Yes, carbon dioxide is the main reason our forests are in the terrible shape they are in, and the U.S.F.S. is the largest contributor to this.

Our forests and plants absorb and require carbon dioxide, soil and water to survive and then they give off oxygen, which is required to support life as we know it. Carbon dioxide is heavier than oxygen so it does not dissipate into the atmosphere. So wildfire carbon dioxide from last summer’s fires is still in the atmosphere, which means when there is an inversion we have bad air.

Now, if say 100,000 acres burned, that is that many trees that are not taking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, that carbon dioxide is still there or the forest would not have been there to begin with. This plus what carbon dioxide was generated by the fire is fueling our remaining forest and consequently they are growing lots of little trees and brush, hence they are becoming overgrown due to the overabundance of carbon dioxide. This is also one of the reasons why our water table is dropping and the earth is being laid bare by the huge burned and clearcut areas, meaning no forest to keep the snow from melting rapidly instead of slowly melting and being absorbed into the ground.

Yes, the U.S.F.S. is our forest’s and economy’s worst enemy.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows


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