Poor management led to expensive fire season

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2004

In the 1970s and '80s, local woodsmen tried to get the state and borough to allow logging of beetle-killed trees before the wood rotted. No go.

In the 1990s, the same woodsmen were paid by the state and borough to cut and stack the dead, rotting trees, and the wood was given away for firewood.

Now in 2004, we have millions of acres of beetle-killed tiki torches to deal with, mobilizing equipment and firefighters from near and far. Is this supposed to represent managed resources? Is fire residue better for salmon streams than logging residue? The end result is basically the same the forests are cleared of the dead wood and new growth can occur, but oh, the cost to our local economy!

Carol Matthews


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