Letters to the Editor

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FIRE: National forests at even greater risk

Re: “Take steps now to decrease future risk of forest fires” (editorial, 9-4).

The editorial highlights an important need to manage forests to provide better resiliency to forest fires, giving examples of efforts on state trust lands and private forest lands.

However the need for better management also urgently exists on national forest lands, which represent even greater fire risks due to their larger area and management history.

Congressionally authorized stewardship contracting involving local communities in developing and implementing actions should not be overlooked in our efforts to reduce forest fire risks statewide.