Preventing future fires
Donald L Ferrt
wolfbat359 at mindspring.com
Fri Jan 9 08:11:21 EST 2004
lhfotoware at hotmail.com (Larry Harrell) wrote in message news:<7a90c754.0401080839.249236f3 at posting.google.com>...
> wolfbat359 at mindspring.com (Donald L Ferrt) wrote in message news:<b9eb3efe.0401071729.1ca5e6de at posting.google.com>...
> > lhfotoware at hotmail.com (Larry Harrell) wrote in message news:<7a90c754.0401062141.6dc09dfd at posting.google.com>...
> > > January 3, 2004 The Washington Times Guest Editorial
> > >
> > > http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040102-091334-4050r.htm
> > >
> > > Preventing tomorrow's fires
> > >
> > > By Thomas Bonnicksen
> > >
> > >
> > > In 2000, Americans were glued to their TVs as monster fires roared
> > > across the West. It happened again in 2001 and 2002. These horrific
> > > fires killed people, destroyed homes and wildlife habitat, stripped
> > > soil from watersheds, clogged streams and reservoirs with debris, and
> > > turned millions of acres into charcoal.
> > > Again, this fall unmanaged forests and brush lands in Southern
> > > California fueled more monster fires that killed 26 persons, destroyed
> > > 739,597 homes and burned 740,000 acres.
> > >
> > > Comment by poster: Gee, what a novel idea to treat the disease instead
> > > of throwing money at the symptoms. I'll be seeing those SoCal forests
> > > in person in the next few weeks on an assignment down there. I'll be
> > > sure to take pictures to show what a lack of forest management did.
> > > Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of dead trees are rotting and bark
> > > beetles are still hungry.
> > >
> > > Larry, forest sculptor
> > As long as your sure you have the exact Problem IDed!
> > http://www.forestdata.com/deadtree.htm
> > Autumn 2002
> > San Gorgonio mountain near Redlands. Unprecedented mortality is
> > occurring in ponderosa pine, big cone Douglas-fir, and canyon live oak
> > stands in the San Bernardino National Forest. A drought-induced beetle
> > infestation, this area has been subjected to daily updraft of polluted
> > air from the Inland Empire Cities around San Bernardino, predisposing
> > the region's forests to the current epidemic.
> > Summer 2002... Arrowhead Lake (photo courtesy CDF).
> Did you actually take a look at the picture of Lake Arrowhead?
> (Dramatic picture of extreme bark beetle mortality...I also have my
> own pics of Lake Tahoe during the last big drought up there...e-mail
> me for copies) Thanks for posting evidence that neglect and
> mismanagement is responsible for the tree mortality on the San
> Bernardino National Forest. You certainly can't place all the blame on
> air pollution. Just look at how thick those trees were. Too many for
> the amount of rainfall they get down there. "Preservationists" want
> all their forests to look like rainforests, regardless of average
> rainfall. This is another example of how man has "enhanced" droughts,
> depleting groundwater, improving bak beetle habitat and losing entire
> ecosysytems to catastrophic fire. Americans do seem to be getting it
> (the idea that ecosystem management is needed and that
> "preservationism" for all of our National Forest lands is not the
> answer) and are waiting to see if we're up to the task of restoring
> our National Forests.
> Larry, been there and done that (even got a T shirt!)
> Once again, thanks Donald. America DOES need to see the truth.
Well, you obviously did not read the article, so why go on from there??
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