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Using resources as Smokey Bear wanted

Letter to the Editor

According to my high school education it takes three things to grow trees and plants: carbons, water and soil. Now prior to the ‘90s, most carbons came from mammals, which includes humans and animals, and internal combustion engines used in vehicles, and manufacturing process. This carbon was absorbed by trees and plants and converted to oxygen by a process called photosynthesis, which was released back into the atmosphere. The population in 1990 was 248,709,873. Wildfires were put out as quickly as possible, which means that most forests got their carbons from mammals, humans, engines? The economy was going great. The timber industry was going great, and we were using all of our natural resources. Just as Smokey the Bear wanted.

Along came the U.S.F.S. of the ‘90s. They stated that the forests were getting overgrown and they were going to put fire into the management of the forests with controlled burns and letting some fires burn to thin the forests.

Now the population today is 325,145,963. Now this and the added vehicles, mammals, and other combustion engines that puts a huge amount of carbons into the atmosphere and the forests and they were probably getting overgrown, but controlled burns and letting fire burn is just going to make matters worse by putting more carbons into the atmosphere, which will lead to more brush and small trees which will make our forest overgrown.

By managing our forests this way, they are creating their own jobs and destroying our forests for their own financial gains.

Yes, the modern U.S.F.S. service is our forest’s worst enemy, no exceptions. We need to go back to Smokey the Bear management.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows


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