In recent issues of the Star-News and the Adams County Record I saw an article on how great prescribed burns were and how they improved the forest. I have lived here for 76 years and this is what I observed since the inception of prescribed burns.
The only benefit from burns is it provides employment for U.S.F.S. employees; it does absolutely nothing to improve the forest. They destroy the needles and the ground cover which keeps the ground from drying out which helps prevent fires, and they also destroy huckleberry brush and other editable plants, which will not grow back. The only thing that grows back is brush so thick you can’t walk through it. Personally I would rather have a nice bed of needles and other duff where I can walk and enjoy the forest. These burns also kill trees, which makes a place for beetles and other bugs to start and then migrate to living trees. Before the burns there were no beetles on the east side Meadows Valley; there are now.
One thing I am certain of: If our land managers don’t start managing our federal forest for the good of forest and the local economy, instead of their paychecks as their past record on forest fires prove, we are headed for terrible drought, which we will not recover from if this is not done now! However, I guess the current managers will have a nice retirement, which is all they are interested in.
Yes! The U.S.F.S. is our forest’s worst enemy, no exceptions.