The Chicken Little approach

Letter by Jane Heisler, Portland
The Oregonian
October 18, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s own Chicken Littles are at it again. They are warning us that the world as we know it will burn to the ground unless we more aggressively log our public lands. They tell us that we must repeal wilderness protections and bypass bedrock environmental regulations in order to avoid catastrophic fires and destruction of homes and communities.  We’ve heard it all before. Whenever there is a higher-than-normal fire season, cure-all remedies are hatched in our halls of Congress. The so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act” is the current “bad egg.” Co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden, the bill dramatically ups the cut on our public lands and gives timber companies immunity from environmental laws, all to allow the last of our old-growth forests that remain to be cut.

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