Editor’s note: From today’s EAST OREGONIAN. By Nick Smith and Lindsay Warness.
In response to George Wuerthner’s Oct. 7 column, there are good reasons why there is broad support for active and collaborative management of our forests. It all comes down to a choice, and Mr. Wuerthner made his choice clear.
We can choose to manage our forests to protect and enhance the economic, social and environmental benefits they provide. We can choose to proactively help our forests adapt to drought, insect infestations and changing climate conditions, and use forest management tools such as timber harvest, thinning and prescribed fires to mitigate the impacts of catastrophic wildfire. Or, we can choose to do nothing and suffer the consequences of inaction.
Fortunately, more Americans are choosing active, science-based forest management over passive, “hands-off” management. Alarmed by conditions on the ground, more diverse stakeholders are coming together through local collaboratives to find consensus and develop solutions for forests in need of restoration.