Lawmaker laments forest management in wake of Brian Head Fire

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  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Sept. 21, 2017 12:28 p.m.

    Forest management...

    One guy decided to burn the weeds around his cabin...

    70,000+ acres later, we get noel lamenting forest management.

    All of the forest management in the world can't stop a wannabe fire bug.

    C'est la vie.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 21, 2017 12:18 p.m.

    I dont feel like Mike Noel has a competent grasp on the science of forestry. I find him to be pandering and self serving.

  • JMHO Kanab, UT
    Sept. 21, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    The above comments show the ignorance of the area that was affected.
    Even local residents couldn't thin down and dead trees during the lawsuits.
    Thousands of acres of dead trees for several years were a tinder box. The dead trees were the result of bug kill. The bug kill could have been contained.
    As far as nature is concerned, there would be natural consequences of natural wildfires. They burn the underbrush, kill the dead trees and allow for new growth. The problem is people live in and around the forests and we really can't allow wildfires to go unchecked.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 6:46 p.m.

    Uh ... the Brian Head fire was man made. It's sort of like blaming the Federal Reserve for someone robbing a bank.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 6:42 p.m.

    Humans have completely disrupted natural processes on our earth. We see it everywhere -- in forests, polluted waters, fouled air, greenhouse gases causing climate change, plastic bags decorating trees everywhere, pavement disrupting natural drainage and causing flooding as in Hurricane Harvey, and countless other examples.

    Yet people like Noel and his Republican friends continue to deny that humans cause problems and refuse to allow scientific management of our challenges.

    It's pure nonsense.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 6:15 p.m.


    Letting nature taken its course results in huge losses to otherwise usable natural resources. Letting nature take its course makes Utah uninhabitable as without water projects no significant population can survive.

    Letting nature taken its course means no vaccinations, no chlorination nor fluoridation of drinking water, no treatment of sewage.

    Like it or not, man is here and we alter our environment. We can be, should be, and most often are good stewards of the environment. We are also a natural part of that environment just as beavers, leaf cutting bees, and destructive beetles are part of it.

    I don't understand the hatred of all things human, and especially not from those who continue to live in a location and in such a manner that is only possible because of 10,000 other human interventions in the environment.

    A few, rare areas of untouched wilderness make sense. National forests, parks, monuments, and BLM land are supposed to be managed for sustainable multi use. If that is wrong, honestly change the charters and laws rather than ignoring those in favor of some radical quasi religion of anti-human earth worship.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 4:49 p.m.

    What opportunistic rubbish.

    To anyone who thinks environmentalists and the feds are to blame for the Brian Head fire, ask yourself a simple question:

    "How were these things handled before white settlers came to Utah?"

    Answer: they weren't.

    There was no logging, there was no thinning of forests to reduce potential fuel for wildfires, none of the convenient opportunities Mike Noel and his disciples are proposing.

    There was also no money involved, which is the clear motivation behind this misadventure.