Responsible Removing

Fighting Fire with Fire… Overrated

The Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle, without a doubt, has wreaked havoc across the Rocky Mountains for the past few decades. Over this time frame the pine beetle is responsible for the millions of dead trees left standing for the world to see. The beautiful views in Colorado alone were unprecedented only to be tarnished by the seas of red trees that cover the mountain side like a blanket. There is no other suspect at hand, the villain has been caught red handed: the Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle is guilty as charged. Yes, the pine beetle is to blame for essentially ruining our once lush and beautiful forest but this is not what I am here to discuss.  I am not here to advocate a massive full frontal assault on the pine beetle terrorist, I am here to advocate that the wood that is standing in the forest that has been killed off by pine beetles needs to be removed  in order to ensure our forests health in the future, for our children and their children to enjoy.  What I am proposing is that rather than discussing what should be done to prevent the pine beetle’s attack from spreading, Colorado politicians should focus on seizing the opportunity at hand in order to save our forests future. What this means is removing almost all of the currently dead trees by cutting them down and not by using controlled burning

It is of nearly unanimous decision by all natural resource professors and researchers that the trees, without a doubt, need to be removed. The only debate is between how they should be removed. Many researchers are for using controlled burns, as in starting a very small and contained fire and letting it burn up small sections of a forest while under constant attention of firefighters. This is undoubtedly nature’s way of removing trees and thinning out densely populated portions of the forest- but does this make it right? First of all there is only so much control that even a team of experts can have while dealing with a forest fire. While the British Columbian firefighters have not had a wildfire outbreak as a result of a controlled burn yet there is always a chance. With that chance there lies the possibility of burning down many homes and moving people from the places they love.  Not only does this risk exist the question of efficiency also needs to be put into questions. This wood has been proven to be structurally sound and useful in the creation of bio-fuels so why would we burn it down. Yes, burning wood is the more inexpensive way to remove the dead trees; however, there is an opportunity cost that gets set up on flames when the forest is burnt. The opportunity that we have here is an abundant natural resource that is as much an economic opportunity as it is a “going green” opportunity. Logging the wood is more labor intensive but it would tremendously help a wounded logging industry.  If the logging is monitored carefully to be sure that it is done with cleanliness and

I encourage now, the federal government, who is in charge of all national parks that make up a majority of the Rocky Mountains to do the following: allow logging crews into to national parks to exclusively log beetle infest/killed trees, create a standard of logging that demands the loggers to preserve the forests cleanliness as much as possible. I encourage that in Colorado’s forest especially we stay away from using controlled burns to eliminate beetle killed trees. I argue that Colorado’s forests are much more densely populated with people in comparison to the British Columbia; therefore, a controlled fire that turned into a wildfire could potentially be a horror story for thousands of people. With recent fires like the Hayman fire I believe that Colorado is all too aware of what catastrophic abilities these wildfires can have. With the approval of logging the trees I believe that certain rules need to be aided by. First of all I believe that crews need to utilize roads that already exist to the best of their abilities. I also believe that some of the trees need to be left standing rather than clear cutting portions of the forest.


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