No forest management, a recipe for disaster | News, Sports, Jobs

By on October 2, 2021 0

News reports that temperatures have risen over the past 30 years, causing global warming. In fact, global temperatures have risen over the past 14,000 years as ice glaciers retreat.

Various conservation groups lobbied Congress (with generous donations) to create numerous laws to stop timber harvesting on federal lands.

Ironically, 30 years ago the spotted owl was named endangered and needed an old growth to survive. As a result, all logging operations, truck drivers and sawmills were closed and thousands of employees lost their jobs.

Over the past 30 years, trees in federal forests have grown older and larger. They reproduced by germination or by seed, so the forests became thicker. Many overripe trees have died and dried up. Insects also attack trees, causing more dead foliage. This lack of forest management is a recipe for future forest fires.

The giant western wildfires we see today have superabundant dry fuel to generate enough smoke to cover the entire continent. The air pollution generated by these fires easily exceeds all American cars and factories. The astonishing and unnecessary destruction of wild animal populations is shameful and tragic. Westerners are losing their lives and their homes.

Conservation clubs were pushing this same old growth program for our Pigeon River State Forest. If a fire has started in the old growth area, this fire should be allowed to burn until the limit is reached. It is the way of nature. Who wants that? Not deer, bears, birds, insects, fish, reptiles and even endangered species and people who use the forest for their recreation. I believe anyone who wants this is living in a fantasy world.

The Forest Service should revert to a sound forest management program and reduce fire fuel loads by at least 50%. Remove dead and overripe trees and clean strips to slow fires.

JACK OWEN,

Hillman

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