Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hell freezes over: Frank Carroll gets a story right

If you live in the wildland-urban interface government can't always protect you from your own stupidity.
The fire gravy train is too famous to ignore. We cannot go on under the current open checkbook policy of firefighting anywhere, anytime, just because there are flames. We need to provide point protection for homes and private property, but not by the use of very heavy air tankers costing $100,000 a day on standby and $60,000 a load of retardant. If you live where fires burn, learn to live with fire. The government cannot help you. [CARROLL: Time to change firefighting strategy]

By law air tankers must avoid waterways to prevent fish kills. Slurry bombers usually apply two Phos-Chek products: LC95A, a liquid concentrate and MVP100, a powder.

Fact is: it’s far, far cheaper to bill the feds after a wildfire than it is to conduct fuel treatments. That’s because it's more expeditious to litigate forgiveness than to ask for permission.

Not talking about fuel treatments during a wildfire is akin to not talking about background checks during a mass shooting. The solutions are simple. We must talk more about how stakeholders and policy makers interact with voters instead of reacting to an industry-driven executive branch fanned by a Zinke-powered bellows.
Pinus ponderosa colonized the Black Hills region by at least 3850 yr bp (all ages given in calendar years before present). It expanded into the eastern Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming by 2630 yr [Late Holocene expansion of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) in the Central Rocky Mountains, USA]
Want to slow planet warming and flatten the Keeling Curve?

Ponderosa pine sucks millions of gallons from aquifer recharges, needles absorb heat and accelerate snow melt. The Rocky Mountain Complex and the Black Hills have been home to a much larger aspen community in the fairly recent past. Clear the second growth ponderosa pine, conduct fuel treatments, restore aspen and other native hardwoods, build wildlife corridors and approximate Pleistocene rewilding using bison and cervids.

Adapt or die.

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