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.
I dont feel like Mike Noel has a competent grasp on the science of forestry. I
find him to be pandering and self serving.
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.
Uh ... the Brian Head fire was man made. It's sort of like blaming the
Federal Reserve for someone robbing a bank.
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.
@10ccLetting 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.
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.