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Sci Tech    H4'ed 7/16/21

Scientists Say That Clearing Forests Worsens Wildfire Damage

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Wildfires are not prevented by thinning forests, but current pro-logging policy does not recognize this.
Wildfires are not prevented by thinning forests, but current pro-logging policy does not recognize this.
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"Wildfires aren’t caused by forests, but the default approach to fire prevention is to clear them. Climate may be the real problem, and preserving trees a big part of the solution."

This goes completely against the current narrative. Democratic or Republican, neither deviates from pro-logging policy, says Dr. Chad Hanson, Fire Ecologist & author of Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our ClimateOnly a radical rethinking of where and how we live, and how we interact with forest will change the annual conflagration of forests, currently burning in 70 wildfires in 12 states.

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FINALLY, scientists are saying that?!! All they had to do was ask an Aboriginal water protector whose people have known how to care for forests and waters for thousands of years. This is the trouble with such one-sided ways of thinking like science and religion. Neither is wholistic. Neither allows for mystery or the unknowable and unexplainable - which is how we got to this mess as a species in the first place.

I am heartened that you posted this article debunking the whole devastating way we treat forests and exacerbate wildfire risk. It is also increasing risk in places where forests in suburbia are being cleared back from homes by the "30 feet buffer" rule, which pretty much takes all the trees that are left in many places.

Deforestation leads to desertification, which compounds the wildfire problem. Ugh... when will "scientists" finally get it and not buy into the profiteer-run misinformation - deforestation for profit for the few?

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"Wildfires aren't caused by forests" is patently true, but has anyone ever suggested such an absurd idea? Forests, including underbrush, provide the fuel, without which a fire can't occur or continue. Without fire breaks, fires would spread further. Intentional backfires are used to create fire breaks and stop fires without more massive amounts of water.

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