The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 5, 2013

Our View: Wildfires spark need to adapt

Why it matters Change is upon us and rather than look for blame let's work on adapting our practices


All agree, the problem is getting worse. Testifying before a Senate committee, Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, said the wildfire season is lasting two months longer and burns twice as much as it did 40 years ago. While Tidwell blamed climate change for hotter, drier conditions, he also pointed out that 42 percent of the forests need better “fuels and forest-health treatment.”

His solution was that the federal government needs to adapt proper management techniques in anticipation that climate change will have impacts and move to “mitigate their potential effects.”

As a nation, we should recognize impacts produce change and we need to adapt to meet those changes rather than curse the impacts or wish them away.

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