President Donald Trump has taken heat for addressing the true cause of the devastating wildfires in California, unabashedly calling out poor forest management in the state. However, the loggers who are actually in those forests every day have set the president’s haters straight by revealing who’s really to blame for the unprecedented blaze.
According to IJR, California loggers are agreeing with President Donald Trump on a huge factor in the wildfires that have ravaged California. Daniel Dructor, the executive vice president of the American Loggers Council, said Trump was accurate when he blamed poor forest management.
“President Trump blamed poor forest management for wildfires in California and throughout the West, and there is truth to statements he has made,” Dructor said in a statement. “It’s time to rise above political posturing and recognize that active forest management — including logging, thinning, grazing and controlled burning — are tools that can and must be used to reduce fire risks and help mitigate the impacts to landscapes.”
According to the council, some 60 million to 80 million acres of national forest are at “high, to very high, risk of catastrophic wildfire.”
Citing research from the U.S. Forest Service, the council backs such methods as thinning stressed trees and prescribed burns to reduce wildfires but said “only a small fraction of high-risk acres are being treated.”
Mr. Dructor advised the Trump administration and Congress to expand public-private partnerships to manage the problem. [Source: The Washington Times]
“The federal government does not have resources to treat every forest by itself. Yet America’s forest sector has the infrastructure to manage and improve the health of our federal forests. The raw excess material from overgrown forests can provide renewable energy and a number of American-made products and provide thousands of family-wage jobs,” Dructor said.
Council president Chris Potts added, “Loggers are America’s ‘boots on the ground’ to conserve our forests and reduce the risks of wildfire. We work in the woods every day, we understand forestry and see the dangers every day, and we know what needs to be done. Without forests, we are out of business. That’s why we’ll continue to work with Republicans and Democrats on needed reforms that will help to sustain our forests and protect our forests and communities from wildfire.”
President Trump recently tweeted out his disapproval of the way the state of California has used funding, threatening to cut payments if the mismanagement continued. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he wrote. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Although his tweet drew widespread criticism, during his visit to Paradise, California, Trump maintained that forest management needs to be improved, saying, “Right now, that seems to be a very big problem.”
The president also praised first responders in California. “They’re out there fighting and they’re fighting like hell … It’s like total devastation,” he said.
President Trump visited fire-ravaged areas of California on Saturday, meeting with people affected by the wildfires. At least 76 people were killed in the Camp Fire in Northern California, and nearly 1,300 people have been reported missing, making it the most destructive and deadly wildfire in California state history.
Trump traveled to the mountain town of Paradise, where many homes were burned to the ground. “Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one,” Trump said while visiting an recreational vehicle park in the town. “Right now, we want to take care of the people who have been so badly hurt. Nobody would have ever thought this could happen,” Trump continued.
The president toured the area with several officials, including Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long. The Trump administration granted requests for a presidential emergency declaration and federal funds to help battle the fires. [Source: NPR]
Once again, President Donald Trump has been proven right, even though his politically incorrect rhetoric earned him the scorn of those in the media and on the left. What these snowflakes fail to realize is that, sometimes, the truth is hard to hear, but that certainly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be told — especially in a case such as this, where so many lives and homes were lost.
Sugarcoating isn’t going to help anyone. It won’t bring back the loved ones who have perished in these fires, it won’t rebuild the homes which were burned to the ground, and, perhaps most importantly, it won’t stop something like this from happening in the future. We must be willing to recognize the problem and call it by name if we ever hope to fix it.