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Bush’s fire-fighting plan not good for forests

Bush’s fire-fighting plan not good for forests

The Bush administration proposes to throw open our national forests to unprecedented logging, claiming this logging is necessary for “fire management.” We need action to protect communities from the kinds of forest fires we have seen this year in the West, but Senators Feinstein and Boxer should reject the administration’s plan for what it is: a cynical move to advance an anti-environment agenda by exploiting the current fire season.

This dubious fire-fighting plan would eliminate environmental safeguards and the public’s right to hold the government accountable for any decisions related to the plan. The administration proposes to give up our nation’s public lands for widespread commercial logging – wreaking havoc on birds and wildlife while doing little to actually reduce the risk of fire. Though pro-logging interests claim the plan would protect neighborhoods from forest fires, instead it opens the door for cutting down the most fire-resistant trees – those old-growth giants located in the remote backcountry, miles away from the nearest home.

To truly reduce fire risk in forest communities, Congress should enact a plan that prioritizes fireproofing at-risk buildings, cleans up fire-prone vegetation near settled areas, and commits ample funding to carry out our existing National Fire Plan. We don’t need to level our forests to keep us safe from forest fires.

Walt Carnahan


Sierra Foothills

Audubon Society

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