Re-thinking the Rim Fire

04/04/2014 3:04 PM

04/05/2014 10:19 AM

I live in a foothill community on the edge of last year's massive Rim Fire and am witnessing first-hand what the Forest Service is doing to the land. The Forest Service is soliciting comments for a disastrous project to log the roadsides and areas that burned. I propose that we have a historic opportunity to do something different. The Rim Fire was one of the most famous fires in California history and it occurred in one of the most important scenic destinations in the state. Yet the Forest Service treats the fire as a liability that needs to be immediately erased. Instead of logging and destroying this landscape, we have an opportunity to turn this history-making fire into a long-term asset by preserving the post-fire landscape and showcasing it as a major tourist attraction attracting millions of visitors for decades to come.

-- David Lukas, Big Oak Flat

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