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 …