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I take exception to most of George Wuerthner's views about logging and forest ecology. He states that the driving force behind wildfires is not "fuels," but extreme weather stemming from climate change. Certainly the weather has a lot to do with it, but if you have excess fuels, sooner or later you are going to have a fire.

It's been my observation in this area that game habitat is greatly enhanced by logging. (The Forest Service certainly does overdo roadbuilding, but that's another issue.)

If his goal is to sequester carbon in our forests, I believe he is off the mark. We need to manage our forests properly, and utilize what we can from them — but wisely. Locking them up is not the answer.

It's okay for Montana to be a tourist destination, but some of us need to make our livings in other ways, without tripping over wolves, bears and buffalo.

Chuck Miller

Silver Star

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