Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands



By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views


Good news for the Native Tribes—they are now able to manage their forest to protect themselves and property from out of control, massively intense and large fire.  How?  By using common sense and cutting down dead trees, taking them away—making some money from them, then clearing the brush—so there is less fuel for the fire.

Too bad Jerry Brown and the previous Washington Administration want out of control fires—they outlawed cutting dead trees and dead brush—they wanted the fuel for a fire to exist.

“Such scenery is rare in the western US today, a result of 1911 federal legislation that made it illegal to ignite fires on public forest lands. That legislation curtailed centuries of forest management by the native Karuk, Yurok, and Hupa people, who had long lived in villages dotted throughout these forests; a 1918 US Forest Service ranger’s memo declared that “renegade Indian” fires were rooted in “pure cussedness.”

A hundred years later, though, western science and policy-makers are rethinking the subject. Federal forests are now choked with dead leaves, brush, and dense fir trees, a tinderbox for wildfires whirling out of control. Between 1975 and 1985, wildfires burned just over 2,000 acres a year in the Klamath area. In the decade from 2005 to 2015, that number averaged more than 350,000 acres a year. So in a new policy, the Forest Service on July 27 signed an implementation plan for managing public forest lands—an agreement in which both fire and the Karuk play a vital role.”

Once again, Native Americans are, and were, smarter that the out of place government in Washington—glad to see at least native American forests can be saved—how about Yosemite?

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Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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