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  • #1 written by Phoebe Hummel
    about 7 months ago

    April, 2017

    The Editor

    Dear Sirs:

    What has happened to journalism? Used to be that the publication would present two sides to a story, helping the reader to be informed and to make choices. But you seem to given up on that in favor of presenting one side, the government official position.
    The article by Eytan Krasilovsky is a case in point. Eytan supports the old science belief (ignoring new research and observation) that plants and animals adapt to wildfires, including intentional burning, in our forests and woodlands. They do “adapt.” Nesting birds and wildlife are incinerated during springtime prescribed burns and their habitat is destroyed so that short-term recolonization does not happen the way Eytan would have you believe is going to happen. Destroyed forests rebuild themselves on the disturbed ground left behind, opening the way to “invasive species. “ In other words, intentional burning of our forests creates the very conditions which invite repeated fires.
    The Forest Service has a policy of destroying our wildforests and FS initiated fires are presented to the public as “management”, but actually demonstrates a policy which effectively creates more desertification because cleared forests disrupt the canopy, destroying the delicate interdependency of all wildlife, including our human life. Trees conserve moisture and carbon, along with various toxins, and these are released upon combustion, the carbon to add to global warming, and water dispersed into the atmosphere, no longer conserved. Furthermore, young trees and underbrush are not conduits for canopy fires. Slash piles, left behind by clearing and logging operations are a ready source of fuels and an excuse for the FS to chop and burn.
    Burning and clearing set up conditions for erosion and mudslides, clogging clean trout streams and ruining riparian areas. The potassium permanganate used to airbomb forests kills fish on contact and since manganese is a heavy metal, it stays in the food chain for generations, mutating plants and animals. Herbicides used to clear “underbrush” can drift for miles, poisoning plants which potentially may be collected by local herbalists and contributing to die-off of bees and other polinators, as well as birds and small animals.
    If you live within or near the forest you should use fire prevention methods to protect your house, including careful contour felling to deter erosion and flooding. It is important to be aware that a small fire in the middle of the wilderness can easily become a big fire if augmented or allowed to burn freely. During the years of fire suppression there were significantly fewer fires and acres burned. It is important not to let your fear of fire govern your unquestioned support of unilateral governmental policies. Prescribed burns are unnecessary. Nature balances Herself. Fire suppression does work.

    These few paragraphs give an example of the complexity of forest ecology. There are many associated articles which could be featured (in a balanced way, of course). At least you could acknowledge that there are alternative approaches to forest management. Like, leave it alone.

    Phoebe Hummel
    Once A Forest

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