It is past time to clean up our forests. There is no current effort to do so — why?

The Rodeo-Chedski Fire was stopped before Pinetop-Lakeside was burned down. Why? Because the Apache Tribe had cleared their land and the fire was beaten because of that!

A recent effort to help was the biomass discussion. It was voted down by three lunkheads in the Arizona Corporation Commission. They should be fired!

Terence Hull, MD

Former Gov. Jane Dee Hull,


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This has been talked and talked and talked about before. Why don’t we tart thinning out the forests and using the slash and the tree down to needles and bits of branches for biomass? The coal-fired power plants such as the Navajo coal-burning plant could be converted to burn biofuel resulting in A. a much cleaner woods and greatly reduced wildfire danger and B. a reduced air pollution problem. Why we are not doing this baffles me.


Terry: As a physician you should be aware of the fact that burning biomass fuels yields more CO2 than coal.


Why would a physician also be a biomass fuels expert? Just askin'.


Dr. Hull I agree with you. The commissioners need to be removed. Also biomass is an excellent way not only to create energy, but to reduce the fuel load in our forests.

Our forest has been blackened due to enviro policies such as ron’s above. Time to get back in there to graze it, log it, thin it, or lose it. I don’t think Ron has ever stepped foot in our forest to see the destruction first hand. 

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ppetersen: Being familiar with something does not equal being an expert. All physicians should be aware of the human pathologies arising from global warming and the proximal causes of those pathologies.

Russ: I lived in Pinetop during the R-C great fire. I have been all over the White Mountains(I was there just two weeks ago) and have first hand experience of fire damage. The relentless increase in the frequency and intensity of wildfires is caused by global warming and that is what we must deal with at the policy level. By the way, what policies of mine would be harmful to forests?


Tired of hearing the forests need to be thinned by all you know it all that never go out in the forest to observe the thinning that is going on and has been going on for the last 20 years and before that. You all don't remember the complaining letters to the editors in the 90s that complained of too much thinning and logging. I stopped by the Lakeside District office I got a map of the thinning/fuel treatments for the past 20 years. All you folks would be amazed. There are also thousands of acres under many contracts waiting to be thinned. Our current industry can only do so much. So instead of complaining about what needs to be done how about coming up with some viable economical solutions. And no global climate change is not creating our destructive fires it is the build up of forest fuels both live and dead resulting from a century of fire exclusion. We live in a fire dependent ecosytem. The fire regimes can be partially replaced by thinning and logging with the burning of the residual waste as biomass if economically feasible. I doubt that a government that is over 22 trillion dollars in debt is going to fund it. Also all the thinning that has been done has to be maintained by the application of prescribed broadcast fires.


Riser: Without any equivocation, it IS climate change which is dramatically increasing the length of fire seasons, the frequency of major fires and the intensity of those fires. Moreover, if forest detritus is burned as bio-fuel the resultant CO2(greater than coal)will only serve to exacerbate global warming and further increase fires and other forms of human calamity. I remind you that wildfires need three things to occur: fuel, oxygen and ignition. We humans can do nothing about the O2 supply. We are, however, massively increasing the fuel by anthropogenic climate change wherein increased draughts and insect infestations are browning millions of acres of forest every year. We have some control over ignition because humans—not lightning—trigger most wildfires in the United States. According to a study published in February 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 84 percent of the blazes that firefighters were called to fight between 1992 and 2012 were ignited by people.

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