California Native Plant Society

Forestry Program

Forest Fire Hysteria

The devastating wildfires that sweep through western forests year after year have provided political fuel for timber interests to seek relaxed environmental review of the timber harvest process. Not only President Bush, but California Senator Feinstein as well, are advocating reduced public participation in timber harvest review for national forests.

Emily Roberson has submitted a letter to USFS Chief Dale Bosworth stating CNPS's long-held position on wildfire. CNPS will continue to actively advocate for continued public comment on all timber harvesting operations, and will opposed reduction of public input based on the current hysteria surrounding wildfire.

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