Letter: Climate change reason for forest fires, not forest mismanagement
November 11, 2017
In his commentary ("A proactive approach to forest management," Wednesday, Nov. 8), Congressman Scott Tipton blames this year's terrible forest fires on years of mismanagement by the U.S. Forest Service. Not once does he mention the fact, yes, fact, that the summers are increasingly hotter and the fire season is therefore more intense and much longer. From what I understand, our representative does not even recognize climate change and certainly not that humans are greatly responsible.
I'm sure there are areas where the Forest Service could have done more, but they are way too underfunded to do what Tipton expects, even if all of it is necessary. I would like to know a lot more about the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2017. If our congressman and the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, support it, check carefully to see how the fossil-fuel companies benefit.
Right next to Tipton's commentary in the paper was Jill Ryan's plea to protect the Environmental Protection Agency ("Protect the agency that protects our environment"). Ryan Zinke and his underling Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, are trying to demolish that agency. Perhaps we should ask Congressman Tipton where he stands on that.