Forestry regulations ignite more California wildfires

CFACT policy advisor Larry Bell reports on the disastrous mismanagement of America's Western forests by federal officials and the tremendous cost in human and plant and animal life and quality of life these policies have fostered. As Rep. Tom McClintock says, "These laws have not only failed to improve our forest environment, but they are literally killing our forests."

By |2017-10-30T20:17:51-04:00October 30th, 2017|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Finally, some common-sense Western fire policies

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports on positive changes in forest management at two federal agencies -- Interior under Ron Zinke and Agriculture under Sonny Perdue. New policies will go a long way at reducing deaths of humans, animals, and plants from forest fires, and dramatically lower the costs of forest management while increasing the amount of forest land available for recreation and harvesting. As Driessen says, cleaning out dead, diseased, burned, overgrown trees would bring countless benefits -- and make our forests healthy again.

By |2017-09-18T08:31:45-04:00September 17th, 2017|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

A serious climate opportunity

Greg Walcher, a former secretary of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, argues that forests provide the world’s greatest resource for cleaning CO2 out of the atmosphere. Rotting and fires themselves emit greenhouse gases, but atmospheric CO2 makes all plants grow faster and better and with improved tolerance to drought. Thus, it is vital that the U.S. must reverse policies that oppose logging, tree thinning, and other management necessary for healthy forests.

By |2017-03-21T16:43:27-04:00March 21st, 2017|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|Comments Off on A serious climate opportunity

Fuel loads — not climate change — are making Australia’s bushfires more severe

While Al Gore and UN climate chief Christina Figueres insist that Austalia's repeal of its oppressive carbon tax is somehow linked to recent forest fires there, the truth -- as documented by CFACT Advisor Dr. David Evans -- is that UN-style forest management policies have left heavy fuel load (fallen trees and brush traditionally harvested by locals -- a practice now forbidden) is the major contributor to these fires being hotter and lasting longer.

By |2013-10-25T15:45:01-04:00October 25th, 2013|CFACT Insights|4 Comments

Fired up over foolish federal forest policies

There is no doubt that fires burn in both managed and unmanaged forests, the difference is that in managed areas the timbering itself creates natural fire breaks, creates man-made access to the outbreak making it easier to fight, and the forestry practice itself is designed to protect the maximum number of trees from fire. The disaster of a fire ravaging a forest becomes doubly acute for a company that owns the rights to cut timber. For a timber company, a devastating forest fire is not only an environmental disaster, but also an economic one that destroys the product that they plan to harvest to provide the wood the world needs to build homes, furniture and other structures.

By |2013-09-13T10:41:00-04:00September 9th, 2013|CFACT Insights|8 Comments

Western wildfires — horrific, devastating — and fueled by foolishness

Millions of Americans watched their evening news in horrified fascination. The Colorado Springs wildfire had doubled in size overnight, to 24 square miles – half the size of San Francisco – as 50-mph gusts carried fiery branches from exploding treetops across fire breaks, down Waldo Canyon and into fresh stands of drought-dried timber.

By |2012-11-13T15:56:08-04:00July 23rd, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Western wildfires — horrific, devastating — and fueled by foolishness