Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Loggers In CA Boldly Defend Trump’s Claims On Forest Management; ‘We Work In The Woods Every Day’

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Loggers in California boldly defended and agreed with President Donld Trump on a huge factor that has stirred the headlines for several days stemming from several comments he made regarding the California wildfires.

Last week, Trump tweeted about California’s forest management, saying: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor."

Then, again while speaking to reporters a few days ago, Trump praised Finland for its approach to tackling forest fires.

"We’ve got to take care of the floors, you know the floors of the forest, very important," he said. "You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story."

"I was with the president of Finland and he said… we’re a forest nation, he called it a forest nation," Trump continued, "and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. They don’t have any problem, and what it is, it’s a very small problem."

Headline after headline has seemingly mocked the president for these comments, but one group that has actual knowledge on the issue has provided significant support to the president’s theory.

According to Daniel Dructor, the executive vice president of the American Loggers Council, told the Independent Journal Review that the president accurately blamed poor forest management on why the fires were so bad.

"President Trump blamed poor forest management for wildfires in California and throughout the West, and there is truth to statements he has made," Dructor said in a statement.

The American Loggers Council called for better management to prevent devastating fires in the future.

"It’s time to rise above political posturing and recognize that active forest management — including logging, thinning, grazing and controlled burning — are tools that can and must be used to reduce fire risks and help mitigate the impacts to landscapes," Dructor said.

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