For decades, the federal government — which owns most of the forests in the West — pursued a well-intentioned, but misguided, goal of attempting to prevent all forest fires. As a result, forests became overgrown with dense brush, diseased and fallen trees. Timber harvesting has fallen precipitously in recent decades because of regulation, litigation and changing economic conditions. As a result, there is a tremendous amount of fuel built up in our forests, and fires are getting bigger.
Pacific Legal Foundation has two published pieces on the contributing factors the federal government needs to act on and Kirby’s guest Tony Francois is here from the Pacific Legal Foundation to discuss this.