“The longer we wait, the danger just grows.”
In this case the BLM is to be raising the risk of fire in the Oregon high desert by felling trees without actually clearing them.
Washington, D.C. wildfires are crucial to the restoration of a healthy political environment.
Excess trees throughout the Western forests may annually be worth more than $8.5 billion.
Any transfer of public (i.e. federal) lands would be to the state as state-trust lands and would not include national parks, national monuments, national conservation areas, national wildlife areas, wilderness areas nor environmentally sensitive or culturally important areas.
Those acres not destroyed by fire are now falling victim to disease and pestilence. It is estimated that 85 percent of the pine tree stock in the Sierra National Forest is dead or dying.
“The environmental regulations and the philosophy prevents them from doing anything to restore the forests to a healthy condition. You literally can’t go in anymore.”
“We have some 73 million acres of national forest lands at risk from wildland fires that could compromise human safety and ecosystem integrity…. The situation is simply not sustainable—not socially, not economically, not ecologically.”
The moths and bugworms won’t recognize jurisdictional boundaries. If the federal government won’t treat the largest single portion of the infected region, tree-killing bugs are likely to migrate into neighboring properties.
We have to send a message to the Forest Service and the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition that people’s lives, homes, properties, and livestock are more important than an ideology.