Forest Thinning and Water...The Connection


It's amazing that many groups who propose to "save the environment" have convinced the public that the best thing for our forests is to leave them completely alone. Now, after years of following that advise, we are learning that, in fact, gardens are meant to be tended...and our nation's gardens are dying. 

Forest experts throughout California are speaking up about the desperate need our forests have of being thinned and the positive effects that would have upon the health of those forests, not to mention the well-being of the people of California. 

It is a fact that local people know their local problems better than any person in Washington matter how good their intentions may be. And those who work directly with the forests of a given state know what is wrong in that forest and how to fix those problems. But mountains of red tape and bureaucracy make it impossible for them to do what they know needs to be done. 

The Transfer of Public Lands is essential for our forest health, for the preservation of our water, for the well-being of our citizens...for the sovereignty of every state. 

Below is the article found on Valley Public Radio. There you can listen to the nine minute interview with UC Merced on the subject that will shed great light on the need to thin our forests if we are to save them. Please take the time to read and listen, then share this important information with your friends, your colleagues, and yourelected officials

UC Merced Expert: Forest Thinning Could Free Up Water, Reduce Fire Risk


Forest managers throughout California say that thinning forests to a more natural state is a good way to reduce the severity of wildfires. Now scientists suggest that it also could offer help in saving water in the drought. 

Researchers at UC Merced think that thinning overgrown forests throughout the Sierra could result in as much as a million acre feet of extra water each year for the state. That’s enough water to fill Pine Flat Lake on the Kings River east of Fresno.

Roger Bales is the director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. He says years of fire suppression have left much of the Sierra overgrown with small trees that consume a lot of water.

Bales says a team of UC researchers are currently studying the issue with the US Forest Service in the American River Basin and in the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite.

This is the time to stand if you have not already done so. The opposition is loud, but they cannot change the facts. Please help us to continue educating throughout the states and see what you can do to help

American Lands Council

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