Focusing our resources on adapting
We have had some very interesting letters and articles relative to climate change and the fires in the West the last few weeks. You do know that the animal species that have survived climate change in the past are those species that focused on adapting to the change, not on trying to prevent something that they have little or no control over.
No mention is made in these letters and article about how many tons of carbon, how many cubic feet of greenhouse gases were/are being released into the atmosphere from these fires because of the lack of good conservation practices, "of wise utilization of our natural resources."
I must ask had the beetle-killed trees been harvested when they were usable, and had clear-cut fire breaks been made at regular intervals would we still have the widespread devastating fires we have today?
-- R. Edward Banderob, Butte