Letters to the Editor

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WILDFIRES: Thinned forests won’t be as prone to burning

Re: “Logging can help forests, protect against wildfires” (Off the wire, 6-12).

I could not agree more with the editorial by The Chronicle (Centralia). The problem with forestry in America is that there are too many trees on much of our forestland, resulting in higher fire danger in the West.

The forest can be likened to a garden carrot patch where too many seeds results in a lot of crowded, small carrots. The gardener’s solution is to thin the carrot patch to distribute the seedlings so only large, healthy carrots grow.

Similarly, a thinned forest will be more fire resistant with larger trees more widely

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WILDFIRES: DNR’s plans pay off for Washington

The front-page article about the state Department of Natural Resources wildfire mitigation plans was generally well done. However, the title – “Money to burn” – may lead readers to believe the concept is inappropriate.

The article itself is positive. A key fact is that in the last five years, $200 million has been spent fighting wildfires, while only $31 million was spent on prevention activities. Paying for better forest health in advance will significantly reduce firefighting costs as well as the millions of dollars in losses not shown in the article.

The U.S. Forest Service (the largest forest landowner in

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WILDFIRES: Don’t waste time, money and lives

It is beyond tragic that 19 young men had to die horrible deaths fighting a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Wildfires thin and enrich our forests. What destroys forests is human intervention: building in wilderness areas and logging to make forests more accessible. Fighting wildfires is a waste of time, money and lives.

Let nature take its course.