Trump Interior Secretary Wants to Log California Forests to Limit Wildfires

By Chriss Street

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said during a visit to fire-ravaged regions of California this weekend that the Trump administration would seek changes in forestry management policies to reduce the severity of wildfires.

Zinke was in Redding, California, to tour the devastation of the Carr Fire and advocate for President Donald Trump’s plan to restart logging to prevent huge wildfires by thinning forests.

At the Whiskeytown Recreation Area near Redding, Secretary Zinke likened the Carr Fire’s destruction to the type of devastation he saw as a former Navy Seal acting commander during the Iraq War, according to the Redding Searchlight.

As he looked at 180-foot high Pacific Gas and Electric high-voltage power transmission towers that had been mangled by 160-mph winds from the super-heated Carr Fire tornado, Zinke grimaced, “I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve seen a lot of fires.”

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4 Responses to Trump Interior Secretary Wants to Log California Forests to Limit Wildfires

  1. William Hicks August 15, 2018 at 10:50 am

    This environmental religion being taught at every level of education will take some heavy lifting to change. We have at least one, maybe two, generations that have been taught a false religion in our school system, which makes me question the value of our current public and college education.

  2. William Hicks August 15, 2018 at 8:46 am

    We have to reconsider what is “environmentally” sound use
    of our renewable forests in a real sustainable fashion.

    Is it acceptable to in one breath say that C02 is a pollutant causing climate change and not know that forest fires are a producer of C02?

    It is kind of foolish to not manage our forests as trees that are renewable and have the benefit to man in many ways with both producers of oxygen and wood for human use.

  3. William Hicks August 15, 2018 at 1:00 am

    It was in Montana that I first saw the proper management of forests with the use of “Clear Cut” methods in use.

  4. William Hicks August 15, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Ironic that I would have had college classes in woodland fires over 40 years ago that mention the relationship between proper management of forests and forest fires.


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