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Environmentalist Policies Are Exacerbating Wildfires. It’s Time to Rethink Forest Management


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Massive wildfires continue to rage out of control in Northern California, causing historic loss of life and billions of dollars in damage.

The images coming out of California towns, which look like bombed-out cities from World War II, are a sobering reminder of man’s occasional futility in the face of nature unleashed.

Stopping these huge blazes is, of course, a priority. The firefighters who have been battling these infernos have at times done a miraculous job under extremely difficult circumstances.—More….

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The city of Santa Rosa has been hit hard by the fires that have ravaged Northern California. (Photo: Barbara Munker/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom)
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However, policymakers should also look at ways to curtail the long-term trend of growing numbers of major wildfires. While some argue that climate change is to blame for the uptick in fires, it’s also worth grappling with the drastic alterations in forest management that have occurred over the last four decades.



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