Larger and old-growth trees usually are not fuel, and create a canopy to prevent brush, bushes and smaller trees from growing and becoming fuel. This politician, and the un-named democrat are selling you fear. Be afraid little sheep! We know what's best! 550k acres of private timberland? I bet the SPI lobbyists got to his wallet, and probably wrote this bill for him (see picture above).
Reread the article please, the democrat is named;
Bigelow says it would help reduce the threat of devastating wildfires. It is co-authored by Democrat Bob Wieckowski of Fremont.
Anyone with a basic understanding of forests should know that trees of that diameter are not the root cause of severe wildfires.
Let's be honest here and say that allowing trees of that size to be cut under this program will make the fuels reduction projects more affordable.
By selling the larger, merchantable trees, the losses incurred by fuels projects can be offset.
ez mac aroni
fire is what the forests need, it is an essential part of the life cycle.
About a month ago I was in the "BLM" area above Mt Ranch. I was stunned by the clear cutting and scaring of the land allowed to take place. No new tress just acreas of land that are barren. This appears,to me, an attempted to expand that practice. Shame on those who try to profit from their polical positions...
What makes these egomaniacs think we can or even have the authority to "control wildfires"? I believe most are caused by lightning so maybe they should try to control this instead! It now seems that any bill that is "bipartisan" is being sold as perfect since both sides of these crooks agree. Geese people, let's wake up and get these people out of office before they completely destroy this state and country!
Forest fires are natural and necessary, but not catastrophic ones. Somehow I don't think the timber industry is angling to take little trees and fire kindling! I don't object to large dead trees being taken.
Thinning is one of the most powerful forest management tools available to landowners for achieving a wide range of objectives. Thinning influences tree growth rates, economic potential, species composition, resistance to insects and disease, quality of wildlife habitat, forage production and visual appearance of a stand of trees. Another very important purpose for thinning can be added to this list:increasing the ability of a forest to survive wildfire.
I was hoping for a little more integrity and honesty from Bigelow but I see that's not the case. All the science is in on what constitutes a healthy forest and this "bi-partisan" plan isn't based on science--it's based on the apparent fact that Bigelow and Wieckowski are in the back pockets of the timber industry. More politicians bought off by industry--what a surprise!
It's about the money. The land they want to cut is SPI land.
Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow, of O’Neals, received contributions of $259,023.18 for the period between July 1 and Sept./
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