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Posted by Alissa on June 25, 2002 at 13:22:56:

In reply to: Re: off topic on wildfires... feelin sad posted by Tom on June 24, 2002 at 22:47:19:

First, thanks everyone who posted their support... I really
appreciate the kindness right now.

: John McCain flew in last Friday, his sound bite on the news boiled
: down to "If you just let us harvest the timber and make money, then
: this wouldn't be happening". All the people on the rez, need the
: trees and they harvest the timber. It's overwhelming.

I couldn't agree more, Tom. They don't allow clearing of down/dead
wood in our nat'l forestland either, and the forest is sickly because
of it. The environmental regulations they put in place is exactly
what made these wildfires so especially dangerous (idiots). They
wouldn't allow clearing, or managing of forestland, the feds
said "No, leave it to us. We know what we're doing. The land should
be left alone. Let's let it grow and be all-natural, yeah yeah, great

So a dozen years later, now there's all this deadwood and undergrowth
choking out the forest and creating wildfire fuel. One good drought,
like we all had this winter, and boom... Instant tinder, just waiting
to blaze. That is exactly what surrounds my home as well, and
this "100 feet of defensible space" they recommend is a joke. Have
they seen the height of those Show Low flames? 100 feet of no pine
needles or twigs around your house ain't gonna mean shit. You're
toast, period.

Preservation of forestland means taking care of it, and that means
clearing and thinning it, so that healthy forests can flourish. It
doesn't mean "leaving it alone" -- they aren't virgin, never-
inhabited forestlands anyhow... and this is exactly how mother
nature takes care of excessive undergrowth and deadwood problems, She
burns it off and starts over.

Hennaed myself for rain again yesterday, patterns with many tiny dots
to symbolize rain rain rain rain rain. Made henna for this week's
appointments, and stirred in many prayers and requests for rain into
the mix. Normally I don't put my own prayers into henna I use on
others, only myself or close friends, but right now any henna is
going towards rain-making rituals. Risk management is pretty damn
crucial right now.

I am going to make SURE I work more talk of rain and henna into this
week's library lectures too. Thanks to CCJ's lectures, I actually
have some historical info to pass along on this issue.

Just rambling.... Thanks again for being such cool strangers (that I
talk with every day.)

BTW Amy, at CastleArts, if you ever read this - happy (belated)
birthday to your little boy. Mine turned one this weekend, and I know
your son was born right before mine.


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