NM, Arizona senators on wildfire tour

There are 1 comment on the Apr 21, 2014, KCBD-TV Lubbock story titled NM, Arizona senators on wildfire tour. In it, KCBD-TV Lubbock reports that:

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich are planning to visit Arizona and New Mexico to discuss forest restoration and wildfire preparedness.

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Mary

Silver City, NM

#1 Jun 14, 2014
If they are actually discussing restoration and preparedness, they should look to what they have lost in the past 30 years or so. Our forests used to be selectively cut by loggers providing both clearing of larger trees and underbrush and jobs for our locals. Now all the "selective" cutting is done by forestry and dumped on the bed of the forest. Supposed cutting for fire prevention is anything but that, since they leave most of the cuttings on the ground where these Junipers and other unwanted trees usually burn much hotter and create an even worse fire environment. Is the forestry checking everyone of those trees for the spotted owls? NO,
they are indiscriminately cutting every tree in certain distance from the others. Why can't you allow our loggers to do this job? Oh thats right, they are not Federal and State forestry dept. people. They are just out looking for work.

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