One of the many ironies of life
Normally, we talk about radical environmentalists crushing jobs or making America energy dependent, but this time around the tree-hugging crowd has hurt the very trees they purport to protect—not to mention a record number of destroyed homes.
Chad Stewart, fire and timber officer for the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, said that the selective removal of trees, otherwise known as thinning, could have stemmed the damage caused by the Little Bear Fire this June.
Environmental groups appealed a decision to thin the forest in 2011, due to what Stewart called “hazy technical details that nobody had a specific answer to.”
The project was delayed, and according to Stewart, is partly responsible for the 234 homes and buildings that were consumed by the flames as of June 13.
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