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Take a fire field trip

Bruce Van Zee’s letter (March 4) claims that I misinformed readers regarding the Gap Fire “restoration” project in the Tahoe National Forest. Though he doesn’t contest my main points (i.e., that it was a bogus project which only removed the largest trees and left behind the flammable slash debris), he implies that I’m incorrect about how the fire burned.

I said the stands that were “thinned” (logged) several years ago (in the same manner that Bush now proposes) burned the most severely. Anyone can verify this. Take I-80 to Yuba Gap exit. Take a right turn after 500 yards, head south for three-quarters of a mile, and park at the closed gate on the right. Walk west down the dirt road (through logged-over private timberlands) one-half mile, cross over the stream on the bridge and you will be on the Tahoe National Forest.

You’ll see the slash debris. The areas with stumps charred on top are were “thinned” several years back. The clean stumps are from severely burned trees (no green foliage). Follow the dirt road southeast and you’ll come to a large unlogged area that is quite green. Or call me at 273-9290 for a guided field trip.

Chad Hanson

Director, John Muir Project

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