Huh? Ecologist makes no sense
In an article by Jim Carlton in the Wall Street Journal (“Trump administration seeks authority for more logging to fight fire danger,” Nov. 21), a research ecologist, Chad Hanson, from the John Muir Project of Bear City, is quoted as saying forest “thinning actually increases the wild fire risk by taking out stands of trees that can serve as a buffer to high winds.”
Basic physics tells you that heat, and with it flames, rise; in “high winds” this would tend to ignite taller fuel, which, if additional taller fuel were in proximity, would have the fire progress in the direction of the winddriven fuel. Having fought two wildfires in my youth, I can attest to this fact.
Hanson’s inane statement exemplifies the false and disingenuous information fed to the public by many environmental groups in order to advance their agenda. What their agenda is is not clear, but it certainly has nothing to do with environmental preservation. – Charles R. Shetron, Oakdale