It is clever to name a bill that would increase clearcutting the “Resilient Federal Forests Act,” but it is disingenuous. Instead of restoring our publicly owned forests or protecting communities from fire, the bill is about increasing the logging of large trees. Logging old-growth trees and clearcutting will not prevent wildfires or reduce smoke in the valley. It will increase brush and small trees that more readily burn.
It is way past time for the timber industry and Congressman Greg Walden to stop politicizing wildfires as a means to open up our forests to reckless logging. They need to start working toward solutions like thinning near homes, doing more prescribed fire, and restoring forests through science-based management.
Suppression of the public and excluding communities from participating in the fate of their forests is not responsible management of our public forests. It is a timber grab.
Guns make a difference
“On Sunday morning, a deranged man entered a Baptist church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs and shouted, ‘I’m going to kill all of you [profanity deleted]!’ Wielding a butcher knife and a baseball bat, he immediately attacked a 46-year old female, reportedly a relative of his estranged wife, stabbing her multiple times in the chest and abdomen. She later died during emergency surgery at a San Antonio hospital. Four male churchgoers were injured while disarming and subduing the attacker, with three suffering minor stab wounds and one a broken arm. All were treated and released from a local hospital. The other 38 persons attending the church service, including 14 children under age 12, were unharmed and allowed to return home after police secured the site. The attacker is in custody and has been charged with first-degree murder.”
Frightening! But fictional. Things just don’t happen like this in America. (Maybe in Australia …)