Commissioners may join Forest Service critics

By Stephen Floyd
Herald and News
October 27, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Klamath County commissioners have been asked join other Oregon counties in declaring “no confidence” in the U.S. Forest Service following a severe outbreak of wildfires this year. Commissioners considered a resolution Wednesday holding the Forest Service accountable for management policies that contributed to 678,000 acres of scorched federal timberland this summer. Critics claim the Forest Service does not adequately clean and thin its timberland, causing an accumulation of flammable materials. The proposed resolution before commissioners said these policies created “tinderbox conditions” that led to such destructive incidents as the Chetco Bar Fire this year, the Biscuit Fire in 2002, and the Silver Creek Fire in 1987.

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