Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Life from the Burn

Fire is a natural process in the forest. The vegetation, except in extreme cases, begins to recover immediately. Where there is life, there is hope. The fact that the forest rejuvenates does not diminish the tragedy and the destruction of the fire. Would the forest be a better place without fire? Would the forest exist without fire? The controversy is not over the management of the forest, but over the management of ourselves and our understanding of how the forest grows and dies. The forest could get along very well without us to manage it. But when we alter the built in management system, as we most certainly do, then we do need to take steps to stop the forests' further destruction.

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