California Wildfires Caused By Radical Environmentalists, Not Climate Change
h/t Gates of Vienna
The United States Forest Service was originally founded to protect forests from the ravages of fire to preserve it for future generations. That thinking was abandoned in favor of the flawed "no-use movement," or the "rewilding" theory, which blames humans for the "degradation of our planet." "Rewilding the land can repair damage we’ve caused and reconnect us to the natural world," National Geographic claims.

For decades, traditional forest management was scientific and successful ‐ that is until ideological, preservationist zealots wormed their way into government and began the 40-year overhaul of sound federal forest management through abuse of the Endangered Species Act and the no-use movement.

Traditional forest management had simple guidelines: thin the forest when it becomes too difficult to walk through; too many trees in the woods will compete with one another, because the best trees will grow at a slower rate.

...In 2012, the Obama administration issued a major rewrite of all of the country’s forest rules and guidelines, adding so many rules, regulations and layers of bureaucracy, grounding all forest management to a halt. McClintock said that to even cut one tree down in the national forest, forest managers were forced to apply to the federal government for a study. The other big problem is these burdensome regulatory requirements greatly inflate the cost of forest management, McClintock said. "Between the studies and litigation, the process was endless," McClintock added.

When forest managers attempted to address public lands ravaged by disease, beetles or fires, they were met with a wall of bureaucracy. "Public lands take years’ worth of environmental review for studies," McClintock said. "By then, the timber has lost most of its commercial value. Essentially, the public land is abandoned. The laws make it cost prohibitive to salvage."

...We are now living with the result of radical environmentalism ideology ‐ that we should abandon our public lands to overpopulation, overgrowth, and in essence, benign neglect, McClintock said. "Forest fires, fueled by decades of pent up overgrowth are now increasing in their frequency and intensity and destruction."

He added, "excess timber WILL come out of the forest in one of only two ways. It is either carried out or it burns out."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru 2018-08-12