Other Views ignores several critical issues

Letter to the Editor, Alan Journet, Rogue Valley Times, October 7th 2023

Kudos to Nick Smith (Other View: American Forest Resource Council, Sept. 28) for acknowledging climate change contributes to our wildfire risk. This represents progress since the timber industry has consistently opposed efforts to address the climate crisis that reduce state emissions of climate pollution or encourage carbon storage in our forests.

Unfortunately, Smith also perpetuates the standard timber industry myth that the problem is public land management (especially U.S. Forest Service management) and argues for reducing environmental review of potential management proposals.

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