Make counties the stewards of forest

September 2, 2013 

Failed stewardship of our forest is generating smoke that gags and angers me.

Government departments beg for more money from taxpayers for the emergency effort, while the cause of the fires is failed policies and inaction on the part of interlocking jurisdictions.

Government cannot act on solutions as it is tied by its own red tape shirttail.

A simple answer: Have the fire-burned land title and stewardship assigned to the counties affected.. The counties will be required within two years to auction the land off for the highest and best use. The result will be a maximizing of property taxes.

Private landowners have the common sense to build fire breaks and thin trees for best marketability. Government has proven that they cannot generate food and fiber for the needs of man. Free enterprise can.

This Rim fire is affecting our national treasure, Yosemite, just as Yellowstone was affected a decade ago.

This emergency demands a change of law. It is up to us to make it happen! We need to pressure our elected representatives at the local, state and national level now.

OLIVER H. MAXWELL

Sonora

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