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From The Coloradoan:

A healthy blending of trees
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9 areas of mixed forest part of study

By KEVIN DARST

Fire history is a key to understanding how the forest has looked and replaced itself through the years.

Trees that survive fires produce noticeable fire scars among the rings, and aging a tree with a scar can pinpoint the year a fire torched the forest.

Tree-ring studies in the Deadman plot revealed an 1861 fire, the last blaze to spur a near total replacement of this section of forest.

Though most of the trees at Deadman B are 101 to 150 years old, the oldest tree in the plot is about 776 years old.

Re-creating forest history -fires, precipitation, and composition - is essential for land managers, whose jobs increasingly require them to manipulate the forest, either to protect homes from wildfires or restore ecologically poor areas.



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Well, it looks as if Florida (in addition to Texas, Okla, Long Island, NY, and Calif.) needs a logging campaign. The wildfires have been everywhere. Or were the fires of the recent Colo. past not all that unique?

Funny, how we have a resource that can be exploited and those states don't. So I guess they will not get the "benefit" of "restoration"!

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The assumption that our intervention with the natural process of cleaning the forest by fire has made our forests unhealthy is absurd!

The fighting of forest fires by aerial treatment has only been a tool of the past 30 or 40 years. Before that our attempts at forest fire control were totally ineffectual. A forest fire burned from its beginning until its natural end. Even today we cannot effectually fight forest fires with our modern, up-to-date ground equipment, much less horse drawn wagons, Model T's, or vehicles from the 30's, 40's, or 50's.

I do believe that the "experts" have perverted their perception by concentrating, fanatically, upon one subject to the point of absurdity. They now lack perspective.

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