California timber industry may be a ‘piece of the puzzle’…
- As California wildfires rage, politicians, timber companies and environmentalists are debating whether to thin overly dense forest lands that fuel the state’s deadly infernos.
- As California looks for answers to reduce wildfire risk, there’s more debate about the thinning overly dense forest lands.
- Gov. Jerry Brown spoke this week during a wildfire press update about the need “to do planned burnings” and “to thin out the forest.”
- Some state legislators believe California’s private timber industry, which has seen a decline in timber harvesting since the 1990s, could be part of the solution.
by Jeff Daniels
As California wildfires rage, politicians, timber companies and environmentalists are debating whether to thin overly dense forest lands that fuel the state’s deadly infernos.
About one-third of California is covered by forests, most of it owned by the U.S. government. Last year was the most destructive and deadly wildfire season in the state’s history. And 2018 through July is one-third higher in acreage burned than a year ago, according to Cal Fire.
Some believe the state’s timber industry could be part of the solution by selectively thinning forests of trees. Timber harvesting has fallen sharply in California since the 1990s.
Despite opposition from some environmental groups, there’s talk of the need to remove more barriers to logging given that wildfires have become bigger, deadlier and faster moving. California’s timber laws are considered the most stringent in the nation.
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Posted by FOX26 on Thursday, August 2, 2018