It's not fire season yet, but already, tragically, we have lost 19 firefighters in Arizona and over 500 homes in Colorado's Black Forest fire. We now usually burn up more timber annually than we harvested even during high logging years.
How dumb can we be? We have let government and environists ("environmentalists" without the "mental") limit logging, supposedly to 'protect animal habitat.' As a result, forests are so thick, unhealthy, and filled with dead wood that they quickly become uncontrollable infernos. Instead of temporarily displacing wildlife during logging, we are now incinerating wildlife, habitat, people and homes.
Our government is intensifying this recession by eliminating resource-based jobs (especially coal and timber). It is wasting our timber resources. How dumb can we be? Why do we allow this to happen?
Forest fires spew tons of carbon dioxide in the air; global-warming alarmists ignore that inconvenient fact. Smoke-filled air damages human health. Lives and property are destroyed. Viewsheds are compromised for hundreds of miles.
Wake up, America! Judicious forest management (thinning, logging, fire breaks and prescribed fire) can increase forest health, reduce forest fuels, and make fires easier to control. Our forests can be managed to benefit economies, increase forest health and habitat, and minimize catastrophic fires.
Stop letting government neglect and destroy our forest resources and suppress our economic recovery. Tell your representatives that we're tired of fire taking what we could be using, and that we want more of our forests managed for fire protection and economic benefits.