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Posted on March 28 at 10:33 p.m.
It sounds to me like both groups are trying to do their jobs to the best of their ability. I too live within the forest boundaries and appreciate their efforts to protect us and to keep our forest wild and native. Here's another way to look at the issue:I can see why the forest service prefers to clear fire breaks after the rainy season and before the start of fire season, which happens to coincide with the nesting habits of these bird species.My arguments for why the forest service needs to do the clearing in February through May, and not before are:1) It sometimes doesn't rain much before February (like this year) and the vegetation is still too dry for clearing to be safe2) If they clear it too early (like during the fall months) and then it rains, the brush will be growing back in earnest by the start of fire season on May 1st. I'm wondering why are they allowed to start clearing after July 10th anyway? Don't we still have some of our driest months in July, August, September, October?
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