America's Forests - Forest Fire Information
TESTIMONY of Dr. Arthur Partridge
Arthur Partridge, Professor
Emeritus, University of Idaho, and the nation's leading
expert on forests diseases and insects, delivers testimony to United
States Senate Agriculture Committe, debunking the so-called forest
fire crisis. Dr. Partridge took the lead in exposing the fraudulent
salvage rider in 1995. Now he delivers the facts about the forest
fire issue. Read his testimony here.
LEADING SCIENTISTS OPPOSE SALVAGE LOGGING
Back in 1994, five of America's leading expert scientists in the field of forest ecology and forest fires wrote this letter to the President, the Congress, and the U.S. Forest Service. The scientists' message against salvage logging was simple and clear. In their own words,
"We know of no scientific reason to engage in salvage logging or roadbuilding in burned areas and we know of many sound reasons not to."
Scientifically, this remains true in 2009, and will be so in 3009.
Unfortunately, the timber industry and its allies continue to promote salvage logging. Their vehicle in 2005 was the Walden salvage logging legislation, H.R. 4200. It would have removed environmental protections that exist for our beleaguered public forest lands in order to promote more ecologically destructive logging on our national forests for the sake of private timber industry profits.
Salvage logging is a fraud. It does not restore forests, it destroys them.
Save America's Forests opposes legislation that promotes salvage logging on our national forests.
Read their letter here.
GROUPS OPPOSE FIRE BILL IN LETTER TO CONGRESS
America's Forests and 13 other groups opposed House fire legislation
in 2002 in a letter to the House Resources Committee disagreeing with the
need for a new fire bill that accelerated logging. The letter pointed
out the fraudulent nature of this 'healthy forests' bill.
ON FIRE-Articles and Fact Sheets
Two Articles-Scientists say nation's largest fires in the
summer of 2003 were GOOD
Oregon-Eugene Register Guard-President Bush flew out to Oregon
this summer to announce his new policy to fight fires. Bush declared
a forest fire emergency, and said his new policy would be to fight
a new war against fire. He said that his goal was to put out forest
fires before they start.
But shortly afterwards, scientists examined the Biscuit fire in Oregon,
the largest in the nation this summer, and declared, contrary to Bush
and the timber industry, that the fire was ecologically not only good,
but necessary. In the long run [the fire] maintained the well-being
of individual species and the forest as a whole, said Tom Atzet, the
U.S. Forest Service ecologist for southwestern Oregon. "The worst
thing that we could have is to be so enamored of our forests that
we eliminate the processes that change them," Atzet said.
Los Angeles Times-Scientists look at after affects of this summer's
fires in Sequoia National Forest, the Oregon Fire above, and other
fires. The assessment is that the fires are good. "It's coming
back already. In three years, it probably will look great."
in the Arizona and Colorado wildfires...large portions of the burned
areas escaped without great environmental damage.. About half of the
land in the 138,000 - acre Hayman fire, the largest in Colorado history,
was lightly burned or unburned, according to the
Forest Service. 'It has thinned the smaller trees that would lead
stand density,' said Ken Kanaan, a soil scientist who is heading the
fire's emergency rehabilitation effort. '[That] looks like just what
we'd like to see if we had done a controlled burn in the area.' "
Editorial from the largest paper in Oregon, The Oregonian, which
is generally moderate and favorable to the timber industry. Despite
the timber industry drumbeat for logging the national forests to "fireproof
them", this editorial points out the difficult truth that "..there
is no fireproofing Central Oregon, or much of the arid West."
fire of words once flames die down
Op-ed article by Dr. Robert Beschta and J. Boone Kauffman published
in The Oregonian. This article explains the report on salvage
logging by a team of leading scientists, known as the Beschta Report,
which says that so-called "salvage logging", logging after a fire,
is generally destructive to the forests recovery from the fire, not
helpful or neutral as the timber industry claims. It criticizes the
Forest Service for not following the recommendations of the report,
and instead for attacking it.
Beschta Report--Wildfire and Salvage Logging:
Recommendations for Ecologically Sound Post-Fire Salvage Management
and Other Post-Fire Treatments On Federal Lands in the West by Robert
Beschta et al.
Also known as the Beschta Report, this paper gives scientifically
based recommendations on how best to protect ecosystems and preserve
species and challenges the need for salvage logging and post salvage
the Beschta report..."Rather than focusing on fires -- before
or after their occurrence-- managers should focus on the pattern
and consequences of current and proposed human manipulations and
disturbances of all types at the landscape level."
the Wildland Fire Threat to Homes: Where and How Much?
Jack Cohen, research scientist at the Fire Sciences Laboratory in
the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station, presented this
paper at the Fire Economics Symposium in San Diego, California on
April 12, 1999. His research found that homes and buildings can be
protected by making them from fire-proof materials and cutting the
brush and trees adjacent to the homes. His findings disprove the arguments
by the timber industry for increased public lands logging, road-building,
and grazing as alleged means of protecting private homes from wildfires.
Information Sheet by the Utah Environmental Congress
Debunks many false statements made by President Bush about forest
fires in the West.
2003 Budget Report Excerpt
Says that in many cases it would be cheaper for the federal government
to let many structures burn and pay for the costs of rebuilding than
to pay to fight the forest fires.
- H.R. 5319
Sponsor-Representative Scott McInnis (R-CO)
The Bush Fire Plan -offered as a bill in the House of Representatives
A timber industry bill that effectively removes the environmental
laws from the national forest system. You can read the bill by clicking
on the link
H.R. 5319 describes its purpose:
To improve the capacity of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary
of the Interior to expeditiously address wildfire prone conditions
on National Forest System lands and other public lands that threaten
communities, watersheds, and other at-risk landscapes through the
establishment of expedited environmental analysis procedures under
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, to establish a predecisional
administrative review process for the Forest Service, to expand fire
management contracting authorities, to authorize appropriations for
hazardous fuels reduction projects, and for other purposes. "Healthy
Forests Reform Act of 2002"