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These lands where we live help define us as individuals and communities. With warming temperatures there are changes happening, however, to these lands we love.
With large fires still raging around the West, we can all feel empathy for those who lost their homes and even entire communities, as well as all of us suffering from the smoke.
There are no adjectives that adequately describe the devastation that wildfires have brought to the West in the last month. At least 33 people are known to have died in the fires, and the damage to lives, livelihoods and property cannot be calculated.
As a career forester and near daily observer of forest management plans and their physical application for more than 45 years, I have seen the results of both natural events and management’s planned activities in our public forests.
Without low-intensity fires periodically consuming the brush and small trees of the dry inland forests, they’re now more densely packed with vegetation that can fuel large wildfires
The U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to amend a 25-year-old rule that prohibits logging older, larger trees across six national forests in Central and Eastern Oregon.