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Letters, Nov. 6

Increasing fire hazard

The BLM acknowledges that the Griffin Half Moon timber sale near Howard Prairie will increase fire hazard in the area. According to the Environmental Assessment for the timber sale, “increases in fire hazard and fire behavior are expected for five to 20 years following initial treatment (logging) and planting due to the conversion to a brush-fuel type as young trees and shrubs become established.” In other words, the BLM plans to convert fire-resilient older forests into dense young timber plantations that are more likely to carry fire.

Next the BLM is setting its sights on the urban/forest interface near Forest Creek, Sterling Creek and the Little Applegate River through the Bear Grub timber sale. We can only hope that the agency doesn’t again decide to increase fire hazard on public lands next to homes, farms and ranches.

George Sexton, conservation director, KS Wild


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