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‘Greatest Good for the greatest number’

Reading two recent Other Voices, July 15 “Let’s use forest fuels to our advantage” and July 18 “Managing forest land after fires,” made me think that perhaps the proverbial pendulum is swinging back to the commonsense middle ground.

I hope more educated, like-minded voices speak up now, before people do what they do and forget how awful it is to have our state on fire. We need to teach people that we must manage our forest lands, and those who do so are not the environment’s “arch enemy.”

More than 100 years ago the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, said “Where conflicting interest must be reconciled, the question will always be decided from the standpoint of the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run.” The never-ending list of self-serving environmental groups that automatically appeal any management activity have interfered long enough – it’s time people demand that our natural resources are once again managed to provide the greatest good for the greatest number.



Trish Adams

Grass Valley


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