Comments by bmunger

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Posted on February 17 at 8:17 a.m.

There was only one Morman in the Sisquoc homesteaders, Joe Ruport. The others were followers of HP Wheat, from Kansas. Jim Blakley wrote a good history, now on line on the LP Forestwatch website. The only Morman did not prove up his homestead and did not stay long, yet Morman Camp makes it seem like all of the families were Morman.

On Two-Day Hurricane Deck Backpack

Posted on August 11 at 8:25 p.m.

The northwest side of the fire in the upper Sisquoc needs to be held at the Sweetwater Trail - then tie into White Ledge Trail to burn from. The upper Sisquoc is absolutely too steep below Judell to the South Fork. More acreage, but doable?

On Zaca Fire Team Meets with Mission Canyon Residents

Posted on August 10 at 2:49 p.m.

Thanks Ray for keeping us up-to-date. Any details about the northwest corner and how that will figure into the burnout operations?

On Fire Command Considers Burning Out Backcountry

Posted on July 21 at 9:45 a.m.

I think Ray Ford is right to focus on the Zaca Fire burning in the San Rafael Wilderness. The quotes from managers such as,"Wilderness does not give us a lot of choices" gets at the debate about ecological ethics. Aldo Leopold defined an ethic ecologically as " a limitation on freedom of action in the struggle for existence". Leopold argued elegantly that our role should be as cooperators not conquerors when it came to our relationship to land. Leopold's thinking and writing led to the creation of the first "Wilderness" in the 1920's in New Mexico. The San Rafael Wilderness is the place this eological ethic embodied in the later Wilderness Act is working itself out. The Santa Barbara backcountry has a strong history in the debate over ecological ethics - and I will leave that to Ray Ford.

On Zaca Fire Heats Up

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