Politics solves wildfires

Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 - 2:07 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Re "Don't rob from programs that make forests healthier to fight wildfires" (Viewpoints, July 5): More legislation to move the money around is not the solution for the identified problem static management practices of public forests.

Environmentalist ideas took over public land management in the late '80s. Forest fires grew from less than 1 million acres per year to 7-10 million acres per year. Public land managers say global warming/climate change drought is killing the trees. Their action: Roads closed, fences put up to insure only walking/horseback access by legal citizens.

The items that worked before 1990 were:

1. Selective forest thinning based on number of trees the land could support for the type of land and rainfall.

2. Permitting ranchers to graze their livestock on public land at a very reasonable price, which is better than the cost of controlled burns that get out of control.

3. Open roads that permitted public access for recreation, food and firefighting.

-- Wallace Hobson, Lincoln

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