I’m a third generation natve of California’s Santa Clara Valley. It was once the Orchard of the West, but has since morphed into Silicon Valley, where once we grew fruit and other produce, we now grow houses and startups. Sadly we also birthed and funded the Sierra Club, and it has come back to bite us.
By Michael Bastasch | the Daily Caller
- Wildfire experts say poor management, not global warming, is the major reason behind worsening wildfires.
- Forester Bob Zybach warned decades ago that environmental regulations and less logging would make fires worse.
- The Trump administration is doing more active management of lands, but is it enough?
Bob Zybach feels like a broken record. Decades ago he warned government officials allowing Oregon’s forests to grow unchecked by proper management would result in catastrophic wildfires.
While some want to blame global warming for the uptick in catastrophic wildfires, Zybach said a change in forest management policies is the main reason Americans are seeing a return to more intense fires, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and California where millions of acres of protected forests stand.
“We knew exactly what would happen if we just walked away,” Zybach, an experienced forester with a PhD in environmental science, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Messers Bastasch and Zybach have the right of this. I remember this debate from back in the ’80’s. I remember the opponents of the Sierra Club’s proposals predicting publicly this very outcome. And now here we are.
The culprit is NOT globull warming. Nor “Climate Change.” This was a predicted outcome of policy as advocated by the Sierra Club and their fellow travellers. The champions of the “environment” caused this incredible damage to that which they claim to value and preserve.