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It amazes me to read what uninformed people have to say about this. Go study forestry for or ecology for 4 years then comment on this piece.
These forests existed for millions of years without cattle or logging and remained healthy. The only reason they are "Unhealthy" now is because of a a lack of fire. The reason there has been a lack of fire is to protect human property. Scientific evidence doesn't support that cattle grazing or logging will decrease the risk of fires. Many studies have shown an increase in fires after logging because of logging slash left behind.
The ecology of the pine forests in AZ areas is based on high frequency low intensity fires. This doesn't mean high intensity fires didn't happen in the past, they did. This problem began with white settlement 100+ years ago. We have have done too good of a job at suppresing fires. Now we have 100+ years of fuels to deal with.
The ideal solution is to return fire to it's historic frequency, but there are risks involved, houses will burn, but every person that lives in these areas knows that this is a risk you take when you have a home there.
Is there a place for logging and thinning, yes, but it is not the solution to this problem. Much of the area of the Rodeo fire had been heavily logged by the Apache, but it did not slow the fire down.Jul 8, 2011