Old v New Forests
"This publicly advocates [forest] management, which involves disturbing the landscape. And there are a great many people out there who don’t want any disturbance in the landscape.”
Nov 19, 2019
Eighteen years ago a man by the name of George Gruell published a book that compared old and new images of the mountain landscapes in California. The book review in the L.A. Times from 2001(Photos Reveal Changes in Sierra) said "in scene after scene, the contemporary photographs document dense forest and lush growth. Their historical twins show leaner country in which the trees were fewer, the ground more open, the meadows more abundant."
Gruell noticed that "the face of the Sierra has filled inand that, Gruell says, is not a good thing: not for wildlife, not for the forest and not for the future of the range’s ecosystems." He suggested that it filled in "because of a number of factors. Heavy livestock grazing a century ago bared soil for tree seedlings to take root. Logging cleared the way for new growth. Most of all, decades of anti-fire policies banished flames, nature’s gardener, from the woods."
Gruell didn't mention climate change. What he noticed were all human policy choices, and he knew his thoughts would not be well received, saying "this publicly advocates [forest] management, which involves disturbing the landscape. And there are a great many people out there who don’t want any disturbance in the landscape.”
There are many of us who have come to realize California's forest management policy is the major contributing factor to the catastrophic fires we've seen recently. Even California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency order in March that "suspends certain environmental reviews and speeds up tree removal near the state’s most fire-prone communities." But, environmentalists stubbornly cling to their 'scientific' beliefs. They always believe their science is better than everyone else's, regardless of disastrous consequences.
Remember, this book came out 18-years ago, and if only someone had listened we might not be in the situation we're in today.
A video has been produced that shows the historical photo comparisons you can see for yourself. Click the link below to see:
An Historical Perspective on the Sierra Nevada Wildfire Crisis
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