Re: "Logging can help forests, protect against wildfires" (Off the wire, 6-12).
I could not agree more with the editorial by The Chronicle (Centralia). The problem with forestry in America is that there are too many trees on much of our forestland, resulting in higher fire danger in the West.
The forest can be likened to a garden carrot patch where too many seeds results in a lot of crowded, small carrots. The gardener’s solution is to thin the carrot patch to distribute the seedlings so only large, healthy carrots grow.
Similarly, a thinned forest will be more fire resistant with larger trees more widely spaced, resulting in fewer small, dead and dying trees that provide fuel for the spread of destructive forest fires.