It seems back in January there were indications that what California has been doing – for decades – isn’t working when it comes to forest management. California [in January, 2018]: 100 Million Dead Trees Prompt Fears of Giant Wildfires.
This week a group of scientists warned in the journal BioScience that the dead trees could produce wildfires on a scale and of an intensity that California has never seen.
And it is about the management.
In their natural state, forests were regularly thinned by fire but the billions of dollars that the state spends aggressively fighting wildfires and restrictions on logging have allowed forests to accumulate an overload of vegetation.
Except the NYT seems to not read its own stories, because today, it is all a myth that management practices have anything to do with this disaster. Trump’s Misleading Claims About California’s Fire ‘Mismanagement’.
Hat tip to SiGraybeard, who has a few interesting things to say about the Climate Report that has been getting so much attention this past week. (You should really take a look.)
In case the New York Slimes decides to eliminate the January story, here’s a link the Wayback Machine. (And they could use a few bucks if you can spare some.)