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Battle of the giants: Why saving giant sequoia isn’t just about climate change

Alexis Bernal writes in The Hill that saving the giant sequoia isn’t just about climate change.

The C3 Take
  • While climate change is contributing to a longer and drier wildfire season, failed government policies are making the problem worse.
  • Instead of adopting a hands on, active forest management gameplan, governments out west have taken a hands off approach which has created forest floors with greater fuel load.
  • In order to address this problem, governments should reduce barriers that limit conservation efforts, empower private property owners, and adopt a more hands on approach to forest management.

“But for scientists that study wildfires, we know that climate change isn’t the only monster in this battle to save giant sequoia. Our current approach to forest management is the other beast lurking in the shadows and its effects can be more insidious than climate change. That’s because it’s a problem that we’ve created for ourselves but seem to lack the courage to address.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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