Save the forests? |

Save the forests?

If the tree sitting crowd wants to see what happens when forests are not thinned, they only have to check out the Western States trail.

The U.S Forest Service wanted to clear brush from the trail but met with resistance from the ecology nuts. The result is a barren wasteland caused by fire!.

Get real people. The current forests are not natural. They are overgrown compared to how they were years ago.

If we had allowed fire to burn off the shrub growth, we would not be in the pickle we are now in. The amount of burnable material is now to the point that if a fire occurs, it becomes hot enough to burn up the entire forest, including the old growth trees they want to protect.

If we thin out the forests, which would require brush cutting, removal of excess trees, and spraying herbicides to prevent immediate brush growth, we could get back to the point where fires would be beneficial to the forests instead of being destructive.

Brian Groves

Grass Valley

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