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August 26, 2013
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Letter: Fire prevention could save jobs and preserve owl habitat

Fires destroy owl habitat

Fire, Fire! Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars (from government agencies that are already flat broke), two good men dead (so far), perhaps hundreds (thousands?) of spotted (and barred) owls burned up, etc. But throughout all this, there has not been a visible word in the media about perhaps preventing such fires.

There are places out in the Umpqua National Forest where alternating 10 to 20 acre areas were clear-cut and replanted. The result is a landscape that has all kinds of good forest but does not have vast, closely connected old growth areas — where fires are almost “unput-outable.” There are still great forests, great stuff for that precious spotted owl, but not ready for tens of thousands of acres of fire ...

Owen Dykema


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