In forest thinning debate, facts matter

Rising temperatures bring an increased risk of wildfire.

Letter to Editor by Rich Fairbanks, Ashland Daily Tidings, March 12, 2019

George Wuerthner gets the prize for biggest stretch with his analogy “thinning is just like medieval doctors bleeding their patients.” But he is just getting warmed up.

He moves right along, hits the usual points, tries to conflate thinning and logging. He even uses the term “thinning/logging” as if they were the same thing. He can be forgiven for this; he is from out of town. If he were local he would know that most of our thinnings are skinny, half-dead fir poles that are barely worth cutting for firewood.


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