September 17, 2017

Now Some Commonsense Western Fire Policies

Jack Kemp

Paul Dreissen at Townhall.com has written a detailed article about the Trump Administration's changes to woodland management and its pending effects on the raging forest fires we have experienced in Western States these past years. https://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2017/09/16/finally-some-commonsense-western-fire-policies-n2382319?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions are informed, courageous and long overdue.

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These are not "natural” fires of environmentalist lore, or "ordinary” fires like those that occur in state and privately owned and managed forests. Endless layers of laws, regulations, judicial decrees and guidelines for Interior and Forest Service lands have meant that most western forests have been managed like our 109 million acres of designated wilderness: they are hardly managed at all.

Environmentalists abhor timber cutting on federal lands, especially if trees might feed profit-making sawmills. They would rather see trees burn, than let someone cut them. They constantly file lawsuits to block any cutting, and too many judges are all too happy to support their radical ideas and policies.

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