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E-M:/ Con. Research Service report on fires: NYT article



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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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     Because of the continuing interest in forest fire issues, I wanted to 
     pass along info about a report by the Congressional Research Service, 
     discussed in a NY Times article today.  The relevance to Michigan 
     comes in understanding forest fire issues and how they relate to 
     similar issues which may arise here.
     
     According to the Times:
     
     "There appears to be no link between reduced logging on national 
     forests over the last decade and the wildfires now raging through much 
     of the West, a report by a bipartisan research group for Congress has 
     found.
     
     If anything, heavy logging from earlier years may have contributed 
     more to the conditions that have made Western forests ripe for big 
     fires, because more flammable small trees and heavy brush are often 
     left in the forest after the larger stands of timber have been taken 
     out, said the report, by the Congressional Research Service, which 
     analyzes policy for Congress."
     
     The article website is below (you need to register, for free, to 
     access the site):
     
     http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/090100western-fires.html
     
     There are also a number of links to other stories, and webpages from 
     agencies about the status of current fires.
     
     Anne Woiwode


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