It was 80 degrees in Redway yesterday. Stage 1 drought is already in effect. It is only January. Create a map detailing wildfires and their relationship to logging land, with close attention to areas that have been supplanted by the logging companies i.e. redwoods replaced with fast producing trees that beget an entirely different climate. Neighboring property owners and those with diminishing water rights should be especially interested, as fire seasons are becoming increasingly volatile. All clearcuts should be replanted with trees native to that location and resources that would otherwise be gobbled up to eradicate even more natural space should be dedicated to restoring and rejuvenating Humboldt's open spaces to their thriving native state. The federal government should subsidize such action, profit should not be an issue. Open space should be cherished for what it is: that which creates and perpetuates all life on this planet. Instead, financial and natural resources in this county continue to be wasted on eradicating more natural space to simultaneously consume and contaminate even more natural resources. It's as if everybody in positions to expedite major changes are just expecting the weather to correct itself.
People from all walks of life have been forecasting the current state of our environment for well over 20 years. It is time for Humboldt's representatives in government as well as individuals within this county's major industries to create an example for the rest of the nation, that is to actually begin fixing the very serous problem rather than perpetually agreeing to "damage it less". The human population needs to stabilize and the forest needs to be restored and protected forever.
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In Print This Week:
Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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