A bigger hammer won’t stop large wildfires

By George Wuerthner
The Missoulian
September 11, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In an August 29 letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, lawmakers said they’re worried about reports the Forest Service remains short-staffed on wildfire crews. They urged officials to attack fires rapidly. But unfortunately, these same politicians also support more logging of our forests to “reduce” fuels which they believe will stem fire spread. …Over and over, lawmakers and others continue to believe that they can control wildfires by “reducing” fuels through logging or prescribed burning and ramping up firefighting. …Given today’s climate realities, the old way of doing things is like throwing dollar bills into the fire – it doesn’t stop the blazes and, in many cases, actually increases the fire spread. …Rather than spending more significant amounts of tax dollars subsidizing the logging of our forests, we should be preserving all public forests as carbon reserves.

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