As another fire season unfolds in the parched northwest, debates over how best to prepare for and reduce the impact of forest fires rages around the nation.
The Christian Science Monitor says significant issues are at stake:
• Whether “salvage logging” and “thinning” reduce the risk of catastrophic fires.
• Whether it’s more important to manage forests in remote areas, or concentrate on fire-prevention measures in areas where civilization and wilderness meet.
• Whether Uncle Sam should budget for these measures or rely on timber revenues to pay.
• How this all fits into overall forest policy on the 453 million acres administered by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.