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USFS manages forests strictly for its money

Letter to the Editor

Some interesting things I have decided about carbon dioxide and the U.S.F.S., according to the Department of Environmental and the National Center of Atmosphere and the University of Colorado. They stated in regard to global warming, which is very real and will get worse if something is not done about forest burning. About 75 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted globally are carbon dioxide, which is a major cause of globally warming and fires are major producers of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is 60 percent heavier than oxygen, so it cannot be absorbed into the atmosphere before oxygen. Large scale wildfires can pump as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in a few short weeks as the state’s entire motor vehicle traffic will in a year.

It is a known and proven fact that trees and plants need three things to grow — water, soil and carbon dioxide — because trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, which is where our oxygen comes from. Now, for the sake of comparison, let’s say it takes two parts carbon dioxide to grow an acre of forest or grassland plus soil and water. Now, if our government land or forests managers allow 100,000 acres of land or forest to burn, that immediately puts 200,000 units of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, because burned land will not remove carbon dioxide. Plus, this 200,000 units will be put into the atmosphere for years to come, as the 100,000 acres of green forest that were there, which would have absorbed this 200,000 units of carbon dioxide, are not there anymore. This carbon dioxide will stay in the atmosphere, where it starts little trees and brush to grow, which will lead to forests being overgrown and the U.S.F.S. will say they need a prescribed burn, which does more harm than good. Bear in mind that this carbon dioxide is in addition to carbon dioxide from the smoke from the fire.

A local spokesman for the Forest Service did make a statement, which I totally agree with 100 percent. He stated that, “In 2015, 56 percent of the Forest Service budget was spent on wildfires. In 1995 it was only 16 percent, and in 2025 it is projected to be 67 percent.”

Yes, our forests are being managed strictly for money for the U.S.F.S. agency.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows


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