In­stead of clear­ing trees, stop build­ing homes in the for­est

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “Home­own­ers in the West’s fire-prone ar­eas have a duty to cut down sur­round­ing trees,” July 16 Les­lie Brod­head col­umn.

I was pretty ap­palled to read Les­lie Brod­head’s col­umn ar­gu­ing that home­own­ers in fire-prone ar­eas have a duty to cut down trees. She made it sound like some kind of ac­com­plish­ment to cut down healthy, nat­u­rally grow­ing trees in what’s sup­posed to be the wild (if it wasn’t for homes like hers in the way). Are you kid­ding? Chase off more wildlife by fur­ther re­duc­ing habi­tat so that they die or get killed off in other ways?

There are far too many homes up in the “wilder­ness” that have taken away far too much nat­u­ral habi­tat. It’s very bad for na­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment, and it’s not sus­tain­able. It should be stopped. B. Cox, Den­ver

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