Shaun Hall, RV-Times, December 23rd 2023
On a cold, windswept ridge above the Applegate Valley near Ruch last week, a group of specialists with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service looked across a forested landscape showing patches of red-colored Douglas fir trees, the victims of drought and beetle infestation.
The group of six, which met with journalists and a local resident, warned about the threat posed by the dead and dying trees, which can fuel a severe wildfire.
“It’s shocking what we’re seeing,” said Lisa Meredith, a BLM silviculturist. “We’re being pretty loud about it. It’s scary.”