Independent Record, Helena Montana
September 29, 2015
Letter to the Editor
Forest policy reform that will make a difference
A few questions a recent article on forest policy reforms didn’t raise or answer. Can we stop the largest fires? No, these fires are weather driven and only become containable when the weather changes. Can we prevent fires by massively increasing logging? No — see answer above — fires are weather driven and are not driven by vegetation conditions. Are fires, including large mixed-severity fires good for our forests? Yes, ecologically they create amazing habitat and restore forest ecosystems. Can we save millions and millions in taxpayer dollars, protect communities and restore our forests by not fighting backcountry fires, focusing our efforts on direct home protection through reducing the flammability of structures and creating defensible space within 100 feet of structures and not subsidizing the logging industry to perform unnecessary and environmentally harmful landscape level “thinning”? You bet.
Big Bear City, California