The US Forest Service has proved their incompetence many times over as far as I’m concerned. For decades now (up until recently) their policy has been to extinguish all wildfires and what that has resulted in is an unnatural forest floor piled with pine needles and dead brush/trees which is a fire waiting to happen. And this is one BIG reason we are seeing the huge wildfires in the west that we’ve seen in recent years.
What the USFS has actually done is to alter the NATURAL environment of our national forests by allowing decades of pine needle and brush build up. Their “controlled burns” have NOT been enough. Their tree thinning has NOT been enough and since the USFS changed its policy to let some fires burn I’m not seeing a lot of tree thinning going on. One reason for that is they have to do a study before it can be done. A study? Are you serious?! Sorry but it doesn’t take a wizard to figure out that thinning trees will help prevent wildfires on the scale we are seeing today! Once again the USFS proves its incompetence!!
I think at this point the USFS should be defunded and the money given to the states so they can manage their own forest lands! I fail to understand why it took the USFS so many decades to realize that the build up of brush and trees was a fire hazard. These people are supposed to be experts in forestry management yet for decades now they have acted like complete amateurs! It’s high time some of the cronies heading the USFS be canned and put on the unemployment line! They have NOT managed our national forests. What they’ve done is MIS-MANAGED our national forests! How ignorant can these people be? I’m a long time hiker and I’ve noticed a distinct change in the forest and wildland environments over the decades. I’ve watched natural ground in these areas become unnatural thanks to the USFS mismanagement. I’ve come across MANY places in the forests where the pine needles are so thick you can’t even walk on them! It’s been a shame to watch this happen and now the USFS needs to be held accountable. And, btw, if your property burns down in one of these huge wildfires I STRONGLY suggest you SUE THE HELL out of the USFS for their mismanagement over the past 50 years!!
Time to drain the swamp at the USFS!! And don’t get me wrong….the fire crews that actually fight these huge wildfires to a FANTASTIC job! I’m not referring to them in this post but I sure as hell am referring to the big wigs at the USFS!!
Additionally, take a good look at the photo of this guy who is wanted for starting fires in Coconino County in Northern Arizona. This guy tried to start at least 3 fires near Forest Lakes and when encountered by a US Forest Service employee he shot at the employee! This guy isn’t only going about starting wildfires as he’s apparently now trying to kill officers and fire crews! If you know who he is or if you see him call the Coconino County Sheriff in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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