GILBERT, Minn., Sept. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The United States, particularly federal forest management agencies, knows how to reduce the ever increasing, more severe and larger wildfires. Other public and private land managers and owners are already doing it with more positive results than the federal efforts. The only difference is their forest management approaches.
The federal land management agencies have professional foresters that recognize the problem and know the solution. Yet their hands are tied by bureaucratic processes and overly burdensome regulations. When they do complete the entire process and attempt to implement the land treatment prescription they face regular litigation to block or stall the land management effort, which results in perpetual delays rendering the objectives unrealized. These litigants have weaponized well intended safeguards such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as part of an obstructive and delaying strategy designed to impede forest management. These obstructionist tactics directly contribute to unhealthy forests subject to disease, invasive species, mortality and wildfire.
The results are demonstrated in the video below that highlights the aftermath of millions of acres of land and timber destroyed. The United States needs a new wildfire mitigation strategy based on scientifically supported silvicultural practices including; active forest management; salvage; and restoration.
Scott Dane, American Loggers Council, 2187805927, [email protected]
SOURCE American Loggers Council