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Criticism uncalled for

Re “Fire breaks aren’t necessarily the solution,” (Other Voices, June 5), the column makes sense until the completely uncalled for criticism of the Sierra Club.

As opposed to Dr. Bonnicksen’s mistaken impression, the Sierra Club is currently sponsoring legislation by Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) to increase the required defensible space around homes from 30 to 100 feet. The club is also supporting a bill by Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa (R- Richvale) to streamline the removal of (some) small trees and reduce the surface and ladder fuels that cause high intensity fast-moving wildfires.

Both bills are supported by California’s firefighters, the timber industry and environmental groups. In addition, the Sierra Club is helping the Board of Forestry develop new ways to speed thinning of small diameter fuels around communities at risk.



Protecting California’s citizens and resources from wildfires is a challenge that requires all of us working together. To that end, the Sierra Club has been a leader in bipartisan consensus-building in Sacramento. Inflammatory, uninformed and polarizing attacks on the very citizens working to solve these problems is extremely disappointing. Nothing is accomplished by these attacks. They only increase the difficulty of achieving common goals.

Barbara Rivenes




Chair

Sierra Nevada Group/Sierra Club


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