Rethinking forest management

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Re "Rim fire shows we need to rethink how we manage forests" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): As the former 10 year deputy superintendent of Yosemite National Park, I have a unique perspective on rural wildfires within federally managed lands, and their impact upon California.

I was happy to see a diverse group of prominent organizations join together to begin a dialogue towards effecting positive change in forest management practices.

Forest management practices have been stifled by federal funding cuts, and vegetation management has been unfairly characterized by environmental groups. This combination has led to catastrophic wildfires impacting California's natural resources, local economies, and public health.

It's time to develop a wildfire prevention strategy through improved forest management, and better fire prevention efforts. Proper forest management practices protect communities, families, homes, businesses, and air and water quality throughout California. It time to take a concerted approach to developing proper, effective forest management practices

-- Kevin Cann; Chair, Mariposa County supervisor, Mariposa

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