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Sierra Club to blame for catastrophic fires

Dear Editor,

With so much of my original home state afire, I believe it’s time to place the blame where it belongs, on the Sierra Club, who fought for passage of the National Forest Management Act in 1976. Congress defined what silvicultural and management practices could be used. Between 1960 and 1984, an average of 162,276 acres burned nationwide each year. Right now more than a half million acres of Colorado are ablaze. Sierra’s subsequent lawsuits misdirected forest practices away from time-proven strategies.

Isn’t it time to go back to forest practices that work ?


Matt Ryan

Bremerton, Wash.

P.S. If you’re looking for a timely story on this issue, may I suggest that you contact Jared Ferrell of the LEMHI Observer; 15 Blaze Tree Trail; North Fork, ID 83466, (208) 865-2402.


He can direct you to Richard Bennett, who wrote the article for the Feb 2001 issue. I relied on figures disclosed in his article for my letter.

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