Stanislaus forest needs help after fire

01/24/2014 7:10 AM

01/23/2014 4:10 PM

Re “After fire, leave the forest alone to heal habitat” (Forum, Jan. 19): Writer Justin Augustine, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, wants nature to take its course after the devastating Rim fire. In his view, salvaging the dead timber and reforesting the land are just too risky. Apparently, a more acceptable risk is to see a large portion of the Stanislaus National Forest converted to brush fields. The Rim fire burned into Yosemite National Park, land set aside for preservation. There, nature will, indeed, take its course, and essentially whatever happens will happen. That’s fine. However, national forest land, such as the Stanislaus, has a different statutory and social purpose. This land needs our help, not our neglect. Foresters know what will happen if ideological purists such as those at the CBD get their way regarding the Stanislaus forest. It won’t be good for the land, the people - or Bambi.

-- William Wade Keye, Sacramento

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