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Taking care of our National Forests

In an article in the Idaho Statesman today, Rocky Barker discusses how policies for fighting our nation’s forest fires has been impacted in many different ways by the 1988 Yellowstone fire. Some policies let the fire burn, and see the fires as “an essential part of the Western forest ecosystem.” Other’s attack “almost every wildfire – many deep in the woods” for fear of air pollution, home and resource damage, and even politics. And a new policy has emerged in recent years, “one that encourages firefighters to restore fire to the landscape while still protecting communities and other valuable resources.”

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