Letter to the Editor: Chipping does not remove dangerous fuel | SierraSun.com

Letter to the Editor: Chipping does not remove dangerous fuel

I realize many people who have decided to live in the Lake Tahoe area have not moved here from a forest ecosystem, nor do they have any real understanding of forest ecology.

It is important to remember that fire is a natural and healthy process that has existed in the Lake Tahoe Basin since before homes were built here. Fire has long been scientifically proven to benefit forest ecosystems; in fact many of our native species are fire-adapted and require regular fire to remain healthy.

Although chipping may reduce smoke impact, there are a host of other impacts it creates that may not be beneficial to the forest, not to mention the cost to taxpayers to treat an area mechanically.

The act of chipping does not remove the fuel it merely changes the array. I would recommend those opposed to prescribed fire in the basin to do some research on forest ecology before being so bold as to suggest treatment options. Remember Angora.

Ron Pevny

Incline Village

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User