I know it is heartbreaking to see massive erosion after a big fire like that, but isn't that what keeps the Central Valley so fertile? We do our best to prevent erosion and flooding in the Valley, then dump tons of fertilizer down there annually. The crews have done their jobs admirably, but I can't help wonder if we are trading long term environmental health for short term comfort.
All of the Forest Service roads within the Rim Fire remain closed to motorists due to "safety hazards." Really? Not hazardous enough to keep the Forest Service from running around during the heaviest rain in recent history.. Mark my words - I speculate that the public,(who OWNS these lands) will NEVER be 'granted access' to them again.. This whole "disaster" plays right into the hand of the Govt. Can you say "land grab"?
Having seen dozens, in not hundreds, of semis hauling rice straw thru Groveland, this is very good news - perhaps all that absorbent material will prove beneficial.
That might have been the theory thousands of years ago. Today the erosion just ends up behind the dams on the rivers.
Well, Bert,,, truth of the matter is all the dams on the rivers stop that fertile soil from ever getting to the intended flat lands. Eventually the reservoirs behind the dams will be completely full of those "fertile soils". Then we'll be planting those filled reservoirs with our vegis. And, probably be building new dams upstream of the filled reservoirs,,, and so the cycle goes.
Does anyone else find it VERY strange that there has been absolutely zero information on the person who started the fire?
That seems extremely bizarre to me...
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