Chuck Shea: Forest fuel loads must be reduced |

Chuck Shea: Forest fuel loads must be reduced

My compliments on Norm Sauer’s editorial on July 27. It was dead-on! It was factual, laid out well and his points are not disputable.

Mr. Sauer is well versed and is totally knowledgeable about what the issues are! However, knowing the problem and having a proposal to fix it are two different things.

Also we cannot forget that our entire Nevada County Board of Supervisors is also very knowledgeable and have been fully briefed by experts over the past few years. Ph.D.’s from the U.S. Forest Service, California State University at Davis, Cal Fire, and California Forest Advisory Board. The list of experts lining up over the years to inform our county supervisors about the fire dangers is long.

So, I must ask. If Norm Sauer and the elected leaders of Nevada County are “on top and up to speed” on the entire issue of a catastrophic fire storms in our county, why do they not act?

The issue is reducing the fuel load in the entire forest. When the fire has burned out, it’s too late.

Why do they not take the steps necessary to “protect and defend” the people and property of Nevada County?

That, my friends and neighbors, is the message that needs to be shouted at the top of our lungs. The forest fuel loads are large, but can be reduced. The supervisors know how, but are afraid to act. And because of their fear, the forest will continue to burn.

Remember there have been many, many experts who have laid out many options to begin undertaking a fix on the fire fuel-load problem in the forest. Each and every county supervisor knows the problem, and frankly they know the fix. So why won’t they act?

As the Lowell Fire cooked away, we had firefighters seriously hurt. How many more must be hurt before our county acts?

How many more times must fires rage in the Sierra Nevada? And when will Mr. Sauer bring forth all his expertise to help the county supervisors find a way to protect and defend our forests?

Transient campfires, while a concern, are not the issue.

The issue is reducing the fuel load in the entire forest. When the fire has burned out, it’s too late.

Chuck Shea lives in Penn Valley.

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