Preserve forests, conserve water for drought

12/29/2013 7:10 AM

12/27/2013 3:59 PM

Re "Drought requires water conservation" (Editorials, Dec. 22): I just read the excellent Bee editorial on the drought and conservation. Another excellent resolution would be to end the destructive practice of industrial clear-cutting. It is not well known, but the Sierra Nevada, as seen from the air, resembles a checkerboard. We should appreciate the natural forest that we still have. It acts like a giant sponge, soaking up moisture. Planning for droughts should start with the preservation of our remaining forests. When too much of the forest is clear-cut, it can result in local desertification of the climate. This is the last thing the Sierra Nevada needs The Sierra Nevada is John Muir's "Range of Light." That earthquake you feel is John Muir rolling over in his grave!

-- Erik Holland, Reno, NV

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