Article from Oregon Public Broadcasting: “When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science.”
The public doesn’t want smoke, period, and is leery of fire in the woods.
“Political barriers might explain why some forest restoration projects complete the thinning but not the burning part of the plan. “
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Why Does This Story Matter?
Politicians have the power to influence how the West manages wildfire by directing tax dollars toward suppression and forest restoration. This story focuses on where politicians stand relative to the science that says forest managers should be letting more wildfires burn and using more prescribed fire to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires in the future.