‘Green’ Policies are Causing Massive Forest Fires

Nikitas3.com has said for many years that virtually all “green” policies are bad for the environment. For instance recycling is a grossly inefficient practice that wastes time, money and energy while windmills produce very small amounts of power at very high cost, including ruining the natural scenery.

Nothing demonstrates the destructive nature of ‘green’ policies better than the Summer 2018 forest fires in California and Oregon. One fire is as large as the area of Los Angeles.

Below are excerpts from Michael Bastasch writing on The Daily Caller website from an article called Decades of Mismanagement Turned US Forests into ‘Slow-Motion Time Bombs’.

You will never read this in a Sierra Club pamphlet or in the Fake News media because it is so damaging to the ‘green’ agenda. Each Bastasch excerpt is followed by a Nikitas3.com comment:

Bastasch writes: Bob Zybach feels like a broken record. Decades ago he warned government officials allowing Oregon’s forests to grow unchecked by proper management would result in catastrophic wildfires.

While some want to blame global warming for the uptick in catastrophic wildfires, Zybach said a change in forest management policies is the main reason Americans are seeing a return to more intense fires, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and California where millions of acres of protected forests stand.

“We knew exactly what would happen if we just walked away,” Zybach, an experienced forester with a PhD in environmental science, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Nikitas3.com comment: Yes, indeed, and ‘walk away’ we did. Or rather we were “pushed away”. The environmentalists have shut down much of the private-sector logging industry in the Western states which, for zero cost to the people and the taxpayer, were using their for-profit businesses to not only get valuable timber for us all but at the same time to thin and manage the forests to reduce the fire risk.

Isn’t capitalism great?! But that ended with a fake ‘green’ crisis over the “spotted owl” and other environmentalist obstruction (all imposed by government) which closed tens of millions of acres of forest to loggers.

This cost the logging industry 30,000 direct jobs in Oregon alone along with tens of thousands more jobs in logging towns (restaurants, stores, real estate, etc.), economically decimating many parts of rural Oregon.

Today many wild Western pine forests, full of dead trees and live trees that burn like matchsticks in the dry Summer heat, are being consumed by flame (while there are no fires in the East where trees have green leaves that do not burn.)

One recent estimate says that 129 million dead trees exist in California forests alone. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have had all of that wood for our use? And to have managed the forests at the same time? Instead much of that lumber now comes from Canada.

Thus Canadians get the jobs – in the forests and at the sawmills and in transporting the finished product. And we get the fires. What a travesty.

Bastasch writes: Zybach spent two decades as a reforestation contractor before heading to graduate school in the 1990s. Then the Clinton administration in 1994 introduced its plan to protect old growth trees and spotted owls by strictly limiting logging.

Less logging also meant government foresters weren’t doing as much active management of forests — thinnings, prescribed burns and other activities to reduce wildfire risk

Zybach told Evergreen magazine that year the Clinton administration’s plan for “naturally functioning ecosystems” free of human interference ignored history and would fuel “wildfires reminiscent of the Tillamook burn, the 1910 fires and the Yellowstone fire.”

Between 1952 and 1987, western Oregon only had one major fire above 10,000 acres. The region’s relatively fire-free streak ended with the Silver Complex Fire of 1987 that burned more than 100,000 acres in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area, torching rare plants and trees the federal government set aside to protect from human activities. The area has burned several more times since the 1980s.

Nikitas3.com comment: And when did the ‘green’ movement begin? In 1970, that’s when. It only took 17 years to start us toward armageddon, and it has gotten much worse in the 31 years since. Remember those colossal fires around Los Angeles in 2017? Or the great Yellowstone fire of 1988? Or dozens of others throughout the last decade? These gigantic fires are a regular story every single Summer. And it is all totally unnecessary.

Bastasch writes: “Mostly fuels were removed through logging, active management — which they stopped — and grazing,” Zybach said in an interview. “You take away logging, grazing and maintenance, and you get firebombs.”

Now, Oregonians are dealing with 13 wildfires engulfing 185,000 acres. California is battling nine fires scorching more than 577,000 acres, mostly in the northern forested parts of the state managed by federal agencies.

The Mendocino Complex Fire quickly spread to become the largest wildfire in California since the 1930s, engulfing more than 283,000 acres. The previous wildfire record was set by 2017’s Thomas Fire that scorched 281,893 acres in Southern California.

While bad fires still happen on state and private lands, most of the massive blazes happen on or around lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, Zybach said. Poor management has turned western forests into “slow-motion time bombs,” he said.

Nikitas3.com comment: The ‘greenies’ blame it all on ‘global warming’, which is more baloney just like ‘warming’ itself is. That is what they always say in order to deflect attention from the real culprit – their own environmental policies.

If you would like to read a previous Nikitas3.com commentary about the fraud of wind energy, go here.

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