Citizens request commissioners pursue changes in forest management
Several citizens at the Josephine County Commissioners Wednesday business session requested the commissioners take a formal stand on forest management reform.
The citizens said the wildfires burning out of control in the county are due to environmentalists forcing the government through litigation to leave burned snags that could have been salvaged after the Biscuit Fire. They told commissioners these trees were left to waste and are providing fuel for the current wildfires.
Both Commissioners Keith Heck and Cherryl Walker said they felt forest management needed reform but the current situation needed to abate before focusing on the problem.
Commissioner Simon Hare commented that now is the perfect time to begin the discussion of what could be done with salvageable snags before they become infested with bugs and rot.