Much of the national forest landscape has become one giant densely-packed tinderbox. Who’s at fault for the precarious situation of our forests? The timber industry is at fault; the government is at fault; and ultimately, it is all of our fault, as well.
Almost everyone accepts forest clear-cutting as a given, while the economic damage from smoke alone exceeds the forestry income and it is a root cause of climate change. Let’s see how it is all connected.
The core reason rural landscapes are despoiled is cities. From clear cut forests to mono-crop industrial agriculture, its to feed the cities. Don’t get my wrong, I love cities: the energy, vibrance, food and culture. But as an interconnected culture we need to look at ourselves in the mirror sometimes.
We can’t complain about traffic or over population if we subscribe to modern society. It’s a sticky wicket to discuss but government and especially western society pay people to have more children.