BLM spraying plan |

BLM spraying plan

In regard to the BLM proposal of spraying poison from helicopters for fire safety; isn’t it sad when labor-saving shortcuts and short sightedness threatens to kill or sicken everything in its path because the only thought is of brush removal? Anyone who has had to remove dead brush knows how difficult and dangerous a job it is. We all also know that to leave dead vegetation creates a worse fire hazard than the living material created in the first place.

Regarding the forestry’s new 100-foot clearing rule; not all of the plants should be removed. Thick stands of flammable brush and tall, dry grasses present a danger when they are contiguous, but some bird cover and shade should be left and bare ground seeded to avoid the unnatural barrenness that brings in worse problems such as thistles, manzanita and scotch broom. Intelligently supervised hand clearing to garden our natural world instead of ripping and poisoning our way to bigger problems is the healthy way to address these issues.

Kitty Meekins

Nevada City

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