Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ARPPS President’s Letter Published

Blame it on the enviros

As we witness the destruction of neighborhoods caused by the recent wildfire at South Lake Tahoe, and begin to assess its impact on the forest, wildlife, lake and air quality, let's not forget that this isn't the first fire that has raged out of control because environmental policies have prohibited wise forest management.

For years, forestry experts have warned that unless government and private landowners are allowed to properly thin stands of healthy trees and remove dead and diseased ones, we are going to have to learn to live with major forest fires.

Environmentalists have also forbidden the building of new dams to store water, generate power and prevent floods. We are already paying for this mistake with water shortages and rising electricity prices. The next big flood will complete this fool's bargain. I'm moving to higher ground and buying a boat.

- Michael Rushford, Carmichael