Healthy Forests Restoration Act -- Will It Really Protect Homes and Communities?

Dennis-Parks, Reda M.
August 2004
Ecology Law Quarterly;2004, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p639
Academic Journal
The U.S. wildfire problem is currently a volatile issue due to the highly destructive nature of forest fires that have occurred over the past few years. The Healthy Forests Restoration Act seeks to solve this wildfire problem through prescribed burning and hazardous fuel reduction projects. Many proponents of the Act were legislators from states severely affected by fires, with a profound personal interest in finding a solution. However, inadequate funding means that the areas in actual need of thinning, the forests neighbored by and affecting communities, will not be treated. Instead, timber companies will be able to harvest valuable old growth from isolated forests, in reality worsening the effects of fires on communities. Overall, HFRA is an ugly, imperfect solution that may cause more harm than good.


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