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    Catastrophic Wildfires Matter
    page 2 “Things That Matter”
    TRUTH-POLITICS AND CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES
    American Citizens need to stand-up to the current stupidity and form a united front against the idiots who think they know what’s best for everyone else, our natural resources, our schools and our local counties.
    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    September 8, 2014 over a year ago….
    AS Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM WROTE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,
    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!
    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS
    FEBRUARY 26, 2013, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HELD A HEARING PRESIDED OVER BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DOC HASTINGS (R-WASH.) that turns out to have been very relevant to the current burning issue of our national forest management. The subcommittee heard from a number of witnesses who testified concerning the superiority of state-managed forest lands versus the federally managed forests.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 REP. HASTINGS noted that the much smaller forests managed by Washington State “generate an average of $168 million annually, support construction of public elementary, middle school and high schools statewide, facilities at the state’s universities, and other state facilities and institutions.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 In comparison, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING OVER 9 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST LAND contained within seven different national forests in the State of Washington, yet harvests just 2 percent of the new growth, yielding a four-year average of only $589,000 in revenue.”
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 CHAIRMAN HASTINGS noted further:
    Rather than offering all-too-familiar rhetoric of how complying with one federal law or another “costs too much,” IT’S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADJUST HOW IT DOES BUSINESS, and honor its own STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE FORESTS, INCLUDING ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIMBER HARVESTS, THAT BENEFIT FORESTED COUNTIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS IMPROVE DECLINING FOREST HEALTH
    AND, REDUCE THE THREAT AND SOARING COSTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE.
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    AUG 24, 2013 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES …
    Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
    www.thenewamerican.com/…/environment/…/16396-burning-up-the-we…
    AUG 24, 2013 – Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires … radical environmentalists that have thwarted all reasonable attempts at proper forest …. HASTINGS pointed out that the federal Northwest Forest Plan for California, …
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    Sept. 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN …
    www.survivalbased.com › Blog › Homesteading
    Sep 8, 2014 – The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered .
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 29, 2015
    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE
    UPDATED: MONDAY, 28, SEPTEMBER 2015 WASHINGTON – OREGON – CALIFORNIA
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    Northwest Large Fire Information Summary – NWCC :: Home
    gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/…/fire_info.aspx
    National Interagency Fire Center
    (102 KB); 2014 MEDIA WILDFIRE COVERAGE GUIDELINES FOR OREGON AND WASHINGTON • Adobe Acrobat … UPDATED: MONDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015 at 07:19:57 AM …
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
    Sep 14, 2015 – Northern California’s Valley Fire — one of several in the state — has killed 1 and … California wildfires rage, threatening lives and homes. By Greg Botelho and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1:51 AM ET, Tue September 15, 2015 ….. Already, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and some 9,000 more are …
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    2015 TRUTH AND POLITICS – CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer
    www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/06/…wildfire…/71264920/
    Sep 21, 2015 – Here’s a look at the latest Pacific Northwest wildfire information, updated daily. … Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015 Kari Greer/USFS …. wildfires. It started in mid-August and had burned 110,422 acres by … This wildfire destroyed at least 26 homes and prompted extended …
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    The comment below on catastrophic wildfires fires was posted on September 8, 2014
    I AM POSTING THIS DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS COMMENT , AGAIN ON SEPT 29, 2015,
    IN PART, BECAUSE…. NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES IN 2015
    Three firefighters killed in Washington’s Twisp Fire – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/us/wildfires-western-states/
    Aug 20, 2015 – Three firefighters have died in a wildfire in north-central Washington, the state’s governor said on his website. Four firefighters were injured, …
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
    Ten active wildfires in Northern California continue to threaten a thousand more homes. AP. Posted: 09/21/2015 06:42 AM EDT … Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a …
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    Bottom line snippets
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Posted on September 8, 2014
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    September 8, 2014
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,
    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!
    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    An unedited comment
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson

    As I write this I am vexed by the fact that nearly 100,000 thousand acres of pristine forests are burning and nearly one-million acres of forest (public forests) have burned to the ground in and around the Pacific Northwest so far this year alone. The vast majority of these forests are publically owned and managed by Federal agencies under the overview of the EPA (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/northwest_wildfires_more_than.html).
    As a result of the flames, heat and smoke, thousands of forest animals have died and many others are suffering with severe injuries and their habitat is now long-gone. Wildfires are indiscriminate killers of endangered species, as well as numerous other species of birds and many other forest animals. It’s impossible to put an economic value on a forest full of life; but having said that; and simply from a renewable resource point of view, just the trees that have been lost had an economic (timber) value in excess of a billion dollars!
    The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered species, but by way of their own actions, policies and regulations, more habitat and species have been lost over the past decades under their management policies than were lost ever before, and are being lost, every year, year after year at an alarming rate!
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    So the question is why are we losing so much forest? And the answer is very simple… the forests are being mismanaged through the continued bungling-intervention of the EPA, the ‘environmentalists’ and the ‘green’ movement into the arena of forestry.
    I know something about the subject of forests and forest management since I grew-up living, working, hunting and fishing in the area of the forests that are being consumed by these incredibly massive fires, which have become a recurring annual theme over the past two and a half decades since the intervention of the ‘environmentalist’ into the area for forest management practices. But who are these ‘environmentalists’ anyway.
    Generally speaking (and there are exceptions), the ‘environmentalists’ who have taken an interest in controlling how our public forests are used don’t live in the forests, and they view the human race (you, me our families and friends) as less valuable and relevant than a frog, fish, or a tree. They are people who seem to lack an understanding of the principals of renewable manageable resources, and who have become activists against those who would use the public forests responsibly, having had relatively little (if any) time and relevant experience living in or working in our forests themselves. Many of them are aligned with the concepts and principals of the ‘progressive’ socialist movement. If you debate them, many of these same people will quickly remind you of their ‘degrees’, etc… In other words, they are telling you that they ‘know it all’, and certainly more than you. However, anyone who has successfully managed a forest knows (as is seen in privately owned and managed forests) that reading some books in college and going on a few field trips just doesn’t cut it; a piece of paper hanging on the wall is no substitute for actual experience that is gained over many generations of successful forest management. No more so than someone trying to be a farmer with the same token experience… it just doesn’t work.
    And coincidentally, many of the books that some universities are using in their forestry programs are authored by some of the same ‘green’ environmentalist forest managers who have had a hand in developing the current failed forest management polices as applied over the past two decades; just look what’s happening! Books and lectures simply cannot teach common sense or instill the on-the-ground experience that loggers and foresters develop over the span of their lives, and through generation after generation of families working in the woods. There’s just no debating when it comes to the contrast between the current recurring disaster management model, and the past successes in forest management with sustainable and renewable timber harvests, combined with abundant wildlife habitat; without the mammoth annual fires we are experiencing today.
    Here (the link just below) is an important (precedent example) of how proper forest management, which includes selective logging and other proper management practices, saved a forest and stopped a major wildfire: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/12/experts-decades-of-logging-treatments-helped-stop-wallow-fire-at-reservation/
    In the early 1970’s I worked in the woods logging and then later worked as a millwright for Southern Oregon Plywood. My brothers were also loggers as were many of my friends and countless others who lived in Southern Oregon. Like farmers who tended to their fields and cared for them year after year, and who depended upon those fields and the resulting crop production, loggers cared for the forests; they had to; forests were the lifeline for their family’s financial security.
    Loggers and their families also spent a lot of time in the woods even when they weren’t working; they hunted and fished in the forests for generations. And through that continual close contact with the forest and the wildlife, loggers gained more knowledge about the forests and the animals that lived there than many of the scientists, giving them a unique understanding of the intricate and complex interactions of the biodiversity that exists in the forests.
    As just one example of the many successful practices of loggers; dead and dying trees and underbrush (fuel for fires) were removed and eliminated during selective harvesting of the forests, and in the process of harvests, small access roads were made, which served as fire breaks and access for firefighters in the event of a fire. During that time and preceding decades, back when loggers were allowed to log public forests, fires that burned hundreds of thousands and millions of acres of timber were very rare, almost non-existent. And that was because the forests were healthy and the density of the forest and the underbrush were kept to a minimum as a result of proper management and continued annual harvests. Forests were managed as a sustainable and renewable resource, which in turn benefited the wildlife with sustainable reliable habitat and in the process, also provided recreational opportunities for the people. That former relationship between loggers and the forest was truly symbiotic.
    I can still recall the spotted owl debacle, where loggers, who for all intents and purposes were the caretakers of the forests were completely closed-out of the public forests in wholesale fashion as a result of the ‘green’ movement and environmentalists! All logging came to a complete halt as well as the associated management practices. This resulted in the shutdown of numerous West Coast lumber mills and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in and related to the timber industry which was thereafter decimated.
    During the lobby by the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, they argued that the rate of logging prior to the 1990’s would eliminate the old growth forests… here is a quote:
    “Environmentalists admit that saving the owls’ habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.” (taken from this article: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).
    However, as we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ ban on logging in public forests, we are in fact actually losing many hundreds of thousands of acres of forest annually! It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… when people like these try to play God, the results are usually tragic and harm both humanity and the wildlife.
    Through the use of politics combined with bad science the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists led the way to the implementation of seriously flawed policies (regulations) and practices. The EPA and the BLM along with Federal forestry agencies and their environmentalist support base had in the early 1990’s effected a major management policy change in order to supposedly save forest habitat for a species of owl (spotted owl) that was ‘allegedly’ endangered (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930114&slug=1679945)
    Result: In the early 1990’s Federal forests became off-limits to loggers.
    Of course under the ‘new management’ practices of the environmentalist-led EPA, BLM and Federal Forestry Departments, the forests became (and are) very seriously overgrown leading to unhealthy stands of trees (with dead and dying trees) that were vulnerable to disease, insects and of course fire, as did the underbrush.
    Forests became so dense that if a fire started (regardless of reason)… the fire would burn extremely hot and spread very fast; it’s so simple a child can understand the concept… more fuel, more forest fire.
    And at the end of the day, many years later after Feds and the ‘green’ environmentalists kicked the loggers out of the forests and took-over, placing ‘their’ policies, regulations and management practices into place, the spotted owl population has continued to drop! This is irrefutable evidence that their interventions, policies and regulations have utterly failed to affect the owls, and in that failure, the public interest has lost even more animals and habitat to fire! Through their own actions, we now have even more animals heading towards potential extinction! What a contradiction to the claims of these people!
    Under the ‘green environmental’ forest management polices/practices (‘hands off, no logging’), forests have become so dense that when lightning starts a fire, instead of just burning-off a relatively small area before the fire is brought under control, as it was in the days of managed logging, fires today now burn entire tracks of forests amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres annually, all of which is burned to the bare ground!
    LET’S KEEP IN THE MIND THAT THIS IS NOW THE NEW ‘NORM’, and since it takes many decades for the trees to be re-established, the net result is that we are losing more and more forest annually, instead of gaining more forest area and wildlife habitat; just the opposite of what the environmentalists and the EPA preach to the public. So what’s the point?
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. Just look at the annual total acres that are burned to the ground… It’s truly shocking that this is even allowed to continue as it has, year after year.
    So much for the ‘habitat’ of the spotted owl! And of course the habitats for dozens of other species were (are) lost as well. As of this writing, I am down in the area of the fires interviewing local people, and hundreds of thousands of acres of ‘critical habitat’ (old growth and other trees) has been converted to the ash that is falling from the sky; it’s like a nuclear winter without the radiation. Ash from the burned forests is covering entire cities!
    It’s a fact that under the continued management of the public’s forest lands by the same idiotic policies, we now have annual forest fires that devastate huge areas of forest, and in the process destroy all of the trees, as opposed to having some of the trees harvested resulting in a healthy forest as had existed in the past; forests which then were also more fire-resistant. Some may try to argue that the fires are a result of the drought. Of course that’s a ruse to deflect blame from the implementation of a seriously flawed management policy. In the prior era of managed forest harvests, we also had periods of severe drought, without the results we are seeing today. Added to which, forests which are selectively logged and managed are far more fire resistant, drought or not, and that fact is undeniable.
    So which method makes more sense? Sustainable logging as it was successfully practiced for nearly a century; or…. The current ‘green environmentalist’ methods where no logging is allowed in public forests resulting in hundreds of thousands of acres of forests regularly burning to the ground leaving nothing but ash and bare ground that is devoid of plant life and subject to severe erosion?
    The erosion of the scorched earth in-turn leads to excessive silt run-off into the streams and rivers, which covers the critical gravel beds in the streams and rivers that are required for the fish eggs of spawning fish such as Salmon. Of course the recent decline in Salmon and Steelhead runs are certainly associated to this situation. Additionally, the loss of forests results in the loss of critical shade trees in and around watersheds, which results in the warming of stream and river water temperatures; this also adversely affects the fish populations.
    The late Summer and Fall storms of the Pacific Northwest which spawn the lightning that ignite the forests also provide the downpours that wash the silt into the streams and rivers that resulted from the aftermath of the massive forest fires. And this silting of the waterways comes at the worst possible time… just as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn in the gravel beds of the rivers and streams. However, with the overburden of silt that has washed-down off the now barren mountain sides, the gravel beds are covered in silt and are no longer viable for the spawning Salmon. This is not an optimal situation for the spawning Salmon; in fact, it can cause entire runs of Salmon to fail in their efforts to reproduce! As a fisherman myself, this situation is beyond frustrating.
    As anyone can easily see, the relative newcomer green environmentalist-scientists have it all wrong, and every year since the implementation of their fatally flawed concepts and polices we watch as more and more forests are consumed by massive fires such as those that are burning as I write this.
    If these forests were properly managed and logged as they were just 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, we would have trees still standing and abundant animal habitat in areas that are now burned to the dirt, and we would have renewable forest harvests as in the past providing full-time jobs for thousands of people. And as it was in the past, healthy standing forests shading the watersheds and minimized erosion, providing optimal water temperatures and low water turbidity in the streams and rivers resulting in abundant runs of fish, something that local Indian tribes greatly desire.
    Instead, thanks to the intervention of the EPA, the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, we have less and less forest, which leads to less and less water, and less fish,
    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    And in the end, with the forests burned to the ground, if a few spotted owls survive the blaze, the spotted owl has no trees and no habitat. So what was the point?
    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this. We have the blind leading the blind.
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    Some readers might be thinking; why should I care? Or, how does this affect me since I live across the U.S. from these wildfires. We all need to care and take action because this kind of mismanagement can happen anywhere environmentalists stick their noses into areas where they have less than adequate experience.
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
    Are we going to wait until these clowns let it all burn?
    Cheers! Bill
    Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
    http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NauticalPrepper
    This entry was posted in A History of WA State Wildfires, A Question of “WHAT ELSE?”, Accountable Government, FACTS are troublesome things, Kicking the Can Down the Road, Nature made Crisis Man Made Disaster, Wildfires Truth and Politics.

    CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS
    American Citizens need to stand-up to the current stupidity and form a united front against the idiots who think they know what’s best for everyone else, our natural resources, our schools and our local counties.
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
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    HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS
    FEBRUARY 26, 2013, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HELD A HEARING PRESIDED OVER BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DOC HASTINGS (R-WASH.) that turns out to have been very relevant to the current burning issue of our national forest management. The subcommittee heard from a number of witnesses who testified concerning the superiority of state-managed forest lands versus the federally managed forests.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 REP. HASTINGS noted that the much smaller forests managed by Washington State “generate an average of $168 million annually, support construction of public elementary, middle school and high schools statewide, facilities at the state’s universities, and other state facilities and institutions.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 In comparison, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING OVER 9 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST LAND contained within seven different national forests in the State of Washington, yet harvests just 2 percent of the new growth, yielding a four-year average of only $589,000 in revenue.”
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 CHAIRMAN HASTINGS noted further:
    Rather than offering all-too-familiar rhetoric of how complying with one federal law or another “costs too much,” IT’S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADJUST HOW IT DOES BUSINESS, and honor its own STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE FORESTS, INCLUDING ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIMBER HARVESTS, THAT BENEFIT FORESTED COUNTIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS IMPROVE DECLINING FOREST HEALTH
    AND, REDUCE THE THREAT AND SOARING COSTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE.
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    AUG 24, 2013 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS- CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES …
    Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
    www.thenewamerican.com/…/environment/…/16396-burning-up-the-we…
    AUG 24, 2013 – Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires … radical environmentalists that have thwarted all reasonable attempts at proper forest …. HASTINGS pointed out that the federal Northwest Forest Plan for California, …
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    Sep 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN …
    www.survivalbased.com › Blog › Homesteading
    Sep 8, 2014 – The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered .
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    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE
    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 28 2015
    UPDATED: MONDAY, 28,SEPTEMBER 2015 WASHINGTON – OREGON – CALIFORNIA
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    Northwest Large Fire Information Summary – NWCC :: Home
    gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/…/fire_info.aspx
    National Interagency Fire Center
    (102 KB); 2014 MEDIA WILDFIRE COVERAGE GUIDELINES FOR OREGON AND WASHINGTON • Adobe Acrobat … UPDATED: MONDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015 at 07:19:57 AM …
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
    Sep 14, 2015 – Northern California’s Valley Fire — one of several in the state — has killed 1 and … California wildfires rage, threatening lives and homes. By Greg Botelho and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1:51 AM ET, Tue September 15, 2015 ….. Already, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and some 9,000 more are …
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    2015 TRUTH AND POLITICS – CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer
    www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/06/…wildfire…/71264920/
    Sep 21, 2015 – Here’s a look at the latest Pacific Northwest wildfire information, updated daily. … Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015 Kari Greer/USFS …. wildfires. It started in mid-August and had burned 110,422 acres by … This wildfire destroyed at least 26 homes and prompted extended …
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    The comment below on catastrophic wildfires fires was posted on September 8, 2014
    I AM POSTING THIS DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS COMMENT , AGAIN ON SEPT 28, 2015,
    BECAUSE…. NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES IN 2015
    Three firefighters killed in Washington’s Twisp Fire – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/us/wildfires-western-states/
    Aug 20, 2015 – Three firefighters have died in a wildfire in north-central Washington, the state’s governor said on his website. Four firefighters were injured, …
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
    Ten active wildfires in Northern California continue to threaten a thousand more homes. AP. Posted: 09/21/2015 06:42 AM EDT … Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a …
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    Bottom line snippets
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST (full text)
    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
    As I write this I am vexed by the fact that nearly 100,000 thousand acres of pristine forests are burning and nearly one-million acres of forest (public forests) have burned to the ground in and around the Pacific Northwest so far this year alone. The vast majority of these forests are publically owned and managed by Federal agencies under the overview of the EPA (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/northwest_wildfires_more_than.html).
    As a result of the flames, heat and smoke, thousands of forest animals have died and many others are suffering with severe injuries and their habitat is now long-gone. Wildfires are indiscriminate killers of endangered species, as well as numerous other species of birds and many other forest animals. It’s impossible to put an economic value on a forest full of life; but having said that; and simply from a renewable resource point of view, just the trees that have been lost had an economic (timber) value in excess of a billion dollars!
    The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered species, but by way of their own actions, policies and regulations, more habitat and species have been lost over the past decades under their management policies than were lost ever before, and are being lost, every year, year after year at an alarming rate!
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    So the question is why are we losing so much forest? And the answer is very simple… the forests are being mismanaged through the continued bungling-intervention of the EPA, the ‘environmentalists’ and the ‘green’ movement into the arena of forestry.
    I know something about the subject of forests and forest management since I grew-up living, working, hunting and fishing in the area of the forests that are being consumed by these incredibly massive fires, which have become a recurring annual theme over the past two and a half decades since the intervention of the ‘environmentalist’ into the area for forest management practices. But who are these ‘environmentalists’ anyway.
    Generally speaking (and there are exceptions), the ‘environmentalists’ who have taken an interest in controlling how our public forests are used don’t live in the forests, and they view the human race (you, me our families and friends) as less valuable and relevant than a frog, fish, or a tree. They are people who seem to lack an understanding of the principals of renewable manageable resources, and who have become activists against those who would use the public forests responsibly, having had relatively little (if any) time and relevant experience living in or working in our forests themselves. Many of them are aligned with the concepts and principals of the ‘progressive’ socialist movement. If you debate them, many of these same people will quickly remind you of their ‘degrees’, etc… In other words, they are telling you that they ‘know it all’, and certainly more than you. However, anyone who has successfully managed a forest knows (as is seen in privately owned and managed forests) that reading some books in college and going on a few field trips just doesn’t cut it; a piece of paper hanging on the wall is no substitute for actual experience that is gained over many generations of successful forest management. No more so than someone trying to be a farmer with the same token experience… it just doesn’t work.
    And coincidentally, many of the books that some universities are using in their forestry programs are authored by some of the same ‘green’ environmentalist forest managers who have had a hand in developing the current failed forest management polices as applied over the past two decades; just look what’s happening! Books and lectures simply cannot teach common sense or instill the on-the-ground experience that loggers and foresters develop over the span of their lives, and through generation after generation of families working in the woods. There’s just no debating when it comes to the contrast between the current recurring disaster management model, and the past successes in forest management with sustainable and renewable timber harvests, combined with abundant wildlife habitat; without the mammoth annual fires we are experiencing today.
    Here (the link just below) is an important (precedent example) of how proper forest management, which includes selective logging and other proper management practices, saved a forest and stopped a major wildfire: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/12/experts-decades-of-logging-treatments-helped-stop-wallow-fire-at-reservation/
    In the early 1970’s I worked in the woods logging and then later worked as a millwright for Southern Oregon Plywood. My brothers were also loggers as were many of my friends and countless others who lived in Southern Oregon. Like farmers who tended to their fields and cared for them year after year, and who depended upon those fields and the resulting crop production, loggers cared for the forests; they had to; forests were the lifeline for their family’s financial security.
    Loggers and their families also spent a lot of time in the woods even when they weren’t working; they hunted and fished in the forests for generations. And through that continual close contact with the forest and the wildlife, loggers gained more knowledge about the forests and the animals that lived there than many of the scientists, giving them a unique understanding of the intricate and complex interactions of the biodiversity that exists in the forests.
    As just one example of the many successful practices of loggers; dead and dying trees and underbrush (fuel for fires) were removed and eliminated during selective harvesting of the forests, and in the process of harvests, small access roads were made, which served as fire breaks and access for firefighters in the event of a fire. During that time and preceding decades, back when loggers were allowed to log public forests, fires that burned hundreds of thousands and millions of acres of timber were very rare, almost non-existent. And that was because the forests were healthy and the density of the forest and the underbrush were kept to a minimum as a result of proper management and continued annual harvests. Forests were managed as a sustainable and renewable resource, which in turn benefited the wildlife with sustainable reliable habitat and in the process, also provided recreational opportunities for the people. That former relationship between loggers and the forest was truly symbiotic.
    I can still recall the spotted owl debacle, where loggers, who for all intents and purposes were the caretakers of the forests were completely closed-out of the public forests in wholesale fashion as a result of the ‘green’ movement and environmentalists! All logging came to a complete halt as well as the associated management practices. This resulted in the shutdown of numerous West Coast lumber mills and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in and related to the timber industry which was thereafter decimated.
    During the lobby by the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, they argued that the rate of logging prior to the 1990’s would eliminate the old growth forests… here is a quote:
    “Environmentalists admit that saving the owls’ habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.” (taken from this article: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).
    However, as we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ ban on logging in public forests, we are in fact actually losing many hundreds of thousands of acres of forest annually! It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… when people like these try to play God, the results are usually tragic and harm both humanity and the wildlife.
    Through the use of politics combined with bad science the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists led the way to the implementation of seriously flawed policies (regulations) and practices. The EPA and the BLM along with Federal forestry agencies and their environmentalist support base had in the early 1990’s effected a major management policy change in order to supposedly save forest habitat for a species of owl (spotted owl) that was ‘allegedly’ endangered (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930114&slug=1679945)
    Result: In the early 1990’s Federal forests became off-limits to loggers.
    Of course under the ‘new management’ practices of the environmentalist-led EPA, BLM and Federal Forestry Departments, the forests became (and are) very seriously overgrown leading to unhealthy stands of trees (with dead and dying trees) that were vulnerable to disease, insects and of course fire, as did the underbrush.
    Forests became so dense that if a fire started (regardless of reason)… the fire would burn extremely hot and spread very fast; it’s so simple a child can understand the concept… more fuel, more forest fire.
    And at the end of the day, many years later after Feds and the ‘green’ environmentalists kicked the loggers out of the forests and took-over, placing ‘their’ policies, regulations and management practices into place, the spotted owl population has continued to drop! This is irrefutable evidence that their interventions, policies and regulations have utterly failed to affect the owls, and in that failure, the public interest has lost even more animals and habitat to fire! Through their own actions, we now have even more animals heading towards potential extinction! What a contradiction to the claims of these people!
    Under the ‘green environmental’ forest management polices/practices (‘hands off, no logging’), forests have become so dense that when lightning starts a fire, instead of just burning-off a relatively small area before the fire is brought under control, as it was in the days of managed logging, fires today now burn entire tracks of forests amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres annually, all of which is burned to the bare ground!
    LET’S KEEP IN THE MIND THAT THIS IS NOW THE NEW ‘NORM’, and since it takes many decades for the trees to be re-established, the net result is that we are losing more and more forest annually, instead of gaining more forest area and wildlife habitat; just the opposite of what the environmentalists and the EPA preach to the public. So what’s the point?
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. Just look at the annual total acres that are burned to the ground… It’s truly shocking that this is even allowed to continue as it has, year after year.
    So much for the ‘habitat’ of the spotted owl! And of course the habitats for dozens of other species were (are) lost as well. As of this writing, I am down in the area of the fires interviewing local people, and hundreds of thousands of acres of ‘critical habitat’ (old growth and other trees) has been converted to the ash that is falling from the sky; it’s like a nuclear winter without the radiation. Ash from the burned forests is covering entire cities!
    It’s a fact that under the continued management of the public’s forest lands by the same idiotic policies, we now have annual forest fires that devastate huge areas of forest, and in the process destroy all of the trees, as opposed to having some of the trees harvested resulting in a healthy forest as had existed in the past; forests which then were also more fire-resistant. Some may try to argue that the fires are a result of the drought. Of course that’s a ruse to deflect blame from the implementation of a seriously flawed management policy. In the prior era of managed forest harvests, we also had periods of severe drought, without the results we are seeing today. Added to which, forests which are selectively logged and managed are far more fire resistant, drought or not, and that fact is undeniable.
    So which method makes more sense? Sustainable logging as it was successfully practiced for nearly a century; or…. The current ‘green environmentalist’ methods where no logging is allowed in public forests resulting in hundreds of thousands of acres of forests regularly burning to the ground leaving nothing but ash and bare ground that is devoid of plant life and subject to severe erosion?
    The erosion of the scorched earth in-turn leads to excessive silt run-off into the streams and rivers, which covers the critical gravel beds in the streams and rivers that are required for the fish eggs of spawning fish such as Salmon. Of course the recent decline in Salmon and Steelhead runs are certainly associated to this situation. Additionally, the loss of forests results in the loss of critical shade trees in and around watersheds, which results in the warming of stream and river water temperatures; this also adversely affects the fish populations.
    The late Summer and Fall storms of the Pacific Northwest which spawn the lightning that ignite the forests also provide the downpours that wash the silt into the streams and rivers that resulted from the aftermath of the massive forest fires. And this silting of the waterways comes at the worst possible time… just as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn in the gravel beds of the rivers and streams. However, with the overburden of silt that has washed-down off the now barren mountain sides, the gravel beds are covered in silt and are no longer viable for the spawning Salmon. This is not an optimal situation for the spawning Salmon; in fact, it can cause entire runs of Salmon to fail in their efforts to reproduce! As a fisherman myself, this situation is beyond frustrating.
    As anyone can easily see, the relative newcomer green environmentalist-scientists have it all wrong, and every year since the implementation of their fatally flawed concepts and polices we watch as more and more forests are consumed by massive fires such as those that are burning as I write this.
    If these forests were properly managed and logged as they were just 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, we would have trees still standing and abundant animal habitat in areas that are now burned to the dirt, and we would have renewable forest harvests as in the past providing full-time jobs for thousands of people. And as it was in the past, healthy standing forests shading the watersheds and minimized erosion, providing optimal water temperatures and low water turbidity in the streams and rivers resulting in abundant runs of fish, something that local Indian tribes greatly desire.
    Instead, thanks to the intervention of the EPA, the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, we have less and less forest, which leads to less and less water, and less fish, WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    And in the end, with the forests burned to the ground, if a few spotted owls survive the blaze, the spotted owl has no trees and no habitat. So what was the point?
    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this. We have the blind leading the blind.
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    Some readers might be thinking; why should I care? Or, how does this affect me since I live across the U.S. from these wildfires. We all need to care and take action because this kind of mismanagement can happen anywhere environmentalists stick their noses into areas where they have less than adequate experience. AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
    Are we going to wait until these clowns let it all burn?
    Cheers! Bill
    Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
    http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NauticalPrepper


  • What do WA State Fire Fees Pay For?

    What do WA State Fire Fees Pay For?

    I checked my Clallam County, WA State tax statement. Fire distribution $32.67, plus Fire Patrol fee $248.92 plus Fire Patrol County fee $2.00.
    This money (FIRE PATROL FEE) is collected by our county treasurer and remitted as, WA State Forest Fire Protection Assessment (FFPA) to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and placed in the DNR general fund.

    WHAT ARE THESE OVER $250.00 A YEAR FIRE FEES PAYING FOR?
    WA State DNR Assistant Division Director of Fire Prevention Karen Arnold will be sending me the email answer, per our phone conversation.
    I’ll keep you posted

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    DNR Karen Z Arnold email response

    The bottom line
    If you have additional questions please feel free to follow up either by e-mail or phone.

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    —– Original Message —–
    From: Arnold, Karen (DNR)
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Sent: Monday, September 21, 2015 2:59 PM
    Subject: Department of Natural Resources – Forest Fire Protection Assessment

    Good Afternoon,

    Thank you for the phone call and your inquiry around your family’s property Fire Patrol Fee or Forest Fire Protection Assessment (FFPA). If I recall in our conversation you say that you are a trustee to 800 ac in Clallam County and pay about $250/yr. I believe the RCW 76.04.610 should answer your questions regarding what DNR does with those monies.

    If you have additional questions please feel free to follow up either by e-mail or phone.

    Karen Z Arnold
    ADM, Fire Regulation and Technical Services
    Wildfire Division
    WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
    Work: 360-902-1315
    Cell: 360-528-0450
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    As usual, the bottom line, our elected representatives passed a “TAXING ASSESSMENT” law and called it a FEE.

    RCW 76.04.610: Forest fire protection assessment.
    Effective date — 1993 c 36: “This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, OR SUPPORT OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND ITS EXISTING PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, AND SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY [April 15, 1993].” [1993 c 36 § 3.]

    REGARDING MY QUESTIONS ON THIS ACT OF NECESSARY IMMEDIATE ASSESSMENT $$$$ ACT OF “OR SUPPORT” OF STATE GOVERNMENT.

    I received the following response.

    I believe the RCW 76.04.610 (full text below) should answer your questions regarding what DNR does with those monies.

    I READ THROUGH THE LEGALIZE “MUMBO JUMBO”, RESEARCH, AND DOCUMENT.
    THE USUAL… JUST ANOTHER “WHAT ELSE LAW”
    “WHAT ELSE?” WHO ELSE? DOES DNR USE THESE ASSESSED FIRE FEES FOR?

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    FOR THE PRIVATE LAND OWNER, THIS IS A LEGISLATED ACT OF FEE FI FOE FUM, AN ACT OF “OR ELSE” AND AN ACT OF PAY THE FEES “OR ELSE” PAY THE PENALTIES.

    Behind My Back | Fee Fie Foe Fum

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/26/fee-fie-foefum/

    Oct 26, 2013 – Feefifofum” is the first line of a historical quatrain famous for its use in the classic English fairy … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee-fie-foe-fum.

    If you have additional questions please feel free to follow up either by e-mail or phone.
    How much money did DNR collect for ASSESSED FIRE FEES in 2014?
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    Back to the original question…
    WHAT DOES DNR USE THESE ASSESSED FIRE FEES FOR?
    This assessment SHALL be used in support of those rural fire districts assisting the department in fire protection services on forest lands.

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    THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE SUCH PROTECTION

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    FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHAPTER, THE DEPARTMENT MAY DIVIDE THE FOREST LANDS OF THE STATE, OR ANY PART THEREOF, INTO DISTRICTS, FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND ASSESSMENT PURPOSES, MAY CLASSIFY LANDS ACCORDING TO THE CHARACTER OF TIMBER PREVAILING, AND THE FIRE HAZARD EXISTING….

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    ADDING, “WHAT ELSE?” AND “WHO ELSE”?

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    COLLECTIONS SHALL BE APPLIED AGAINST EXPENSES INCURRED IN CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, INCLUDING NECESSARY AND REASONABLE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS INCURRED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THESE PROVISIONS.

    THE DEPARTMENT MAY ALSO “EXPEND SUMS” COLLECTED FROM OWNERS OF FOREST LANDS OR RECEIVED “FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE FOR NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ENFORCEMENT OF RCW 76.04.660.

    OR? TO SUPPORT OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND ITS EXISTING PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

    GOOD GRIEF.. WHO KNEW?

    This section was APPROPRIATED from WILDFIRE PROTECTION to WILDFIRE PREVENTION

    During the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium
    THE FOREST FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT
    ” MAY BE APPROPRIATED”
    TO THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE FOR ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE STATE’S MECHANISMS FOR FUNDING FIRE PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES.

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    PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE CHARGED FOR AND PAYING FOR PROTECTION?
    SO? HOW DID THE WILD FIRE PROTECTION FEES END UP IN STATE WILD FIRE PREVENTION?
    BY WHO’S APPROPRIATION?

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    snippet from below…
    This section was adapted from “Developing a Cooperative Approach to WILDFIRE PROTECTION,” a publication of the National Wildland/Urban Interface FIRE PROTECTION Program

    SO HOW DID THE WILD FIRE PROTECTION FEES END UP IN STATE AND NATIONAL WILD FIRE PREVENTION? BY WHO’S APPROPRIATION?

    This section was ADAPTED FROM WILDFIRE PROTECTION to WILDFIRE PREVENTION

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    Does this 101 page document plus RCW 76.04.610 answer your questions regarding what DNR does with those monies.

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    Establishing Fire Prevention Education Cooperative …
    www.nwcg.gov/sites/…/cooppart.p…
    NATIONAL WILDFIRE COORDINATING GROUP
    Specialists and subject matter experts in the appropriate area. … this series is to improve and enhance wildfire prevention programs and to … 5.1 Fire Prevention Assessment Considerations . … “Cooperation is an innocuous term, but by all accounts it is …. private and public organizations, businesses, and, of course, the. Each Wildfire Prevention Guide has been developed by Fire Prevention Specialists and subject matter experts in the appropriate area. The goal of
    this series is to improve and enhance wildfire prevention programs and to facilitate the achievement of NWCG program goals. Special mention to the National Wildland-Urban Interface fire protection Program and members of the Pacific Northwest Fire Prevention Cooperatives in providing
    information to this guide.
    NWCG Wildfire Prevention Guide development:
    • Conducting School Programs (1996)
    • Event Management (1996)
    • Wildfire Prevention Marketing (1996)
    • Wildfire Prevention and the Media (1998)
    • Wildfire Prevention Strategies (1998)
    • Effective Wildfire Prevention Patrol (1998)
    • Recreation Area Fire Prevention (1999)
    • Fire Communication and Education (1999)
    • Fire Education Exhibits and Displays (1999)
    • Industrial Operations Fire Prevention Guide (1999)
    • Establishing Fire Prevention Education Cooperative Programs and Partnerships (1999
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    If you have additional questions, ON “WHAT ELSE” WA STATE FIRE FEES PAY FOR?
    please feel free to follow up either by e-mail or phone.
    Karen Z Arnold
    ADM, Fire Regulation and Technical Services
    Wildfire Division
    WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
    Work: 360-902-1315
    Cell: 360-528-0450

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    Emphasis added… For the understanding of a reasonable person,

    READ THESE LAWS

    RCW 76.04.600
    Owners to protect forests.
    EVERY OWNER OF FOREST LAND IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON SHALL FURNISH OR PROVIDE, during the season of the year when there is danger of forest fires, adequate protection against the spread of fire thereon or therefrom WHICH SHALL MEET WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT.
    [1986 c 100 § 34.]
    RCW 76.04.600: Owners to protect forests.
    apps.leg.wa.gov › … › Title 76 › Chapter 76.04
    Washington State Senate
    EVERY OWNER OF FOREST LAND IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON SHALL FURNISH OR PROVIDE, during the season of the year when there is danger of forest fires, adequate …
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    (3) Beginning January 1, 1991, under the administration and at the discretion of the department up to two hundred thousand dollars per year of THIS ASSESSMENT SHALL BE USED IN SUPPORT OF THOSE RURAL FIRE DISTRICTS ASSISTING THE DEPARTMENT IN FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES ON FOREST LANDS.

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    RCW 76.04.610: Forest fire protection assessment.
    apps.leg.wa.gov › … › Title 76 › Chapter 76.04
    Washington State Senate
    76.04.600 << 76.04.610 >> 76.04.620 … provide adequate fire protection as required by RCW 76.04.600, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE SUCH PROTECTION AND SHALL …
    (1)(a) If any owner of forest land within a forest protection zone neglects or fails to provide adequate fire protection as required by RCW 76.04.600, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE SUCH PROTECTION AND SHALL ANNUALLY IMPOSE the following assessments on each parcel of such land: (i) A flat fee assessment of seventeen dollars and fifty cents; and (ii) twenty-seven cents on each acre exceeding fifty acres.
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    THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE SUCH PROTECTION AND SHALL ANNUALLY IMPOSE

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    Effective date — 1993 c 36: “THIS ACT IS NECESSARY FOR THE IMMEDIATE PRESERVATION OF THE PUBLIC PEACE, HEALTH, OR SAFETY, OR SUPPORT OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND ITS EXISTING PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, AND SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY [APRIL 15, 1993].” [1993 C 36 § 3.]

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    (b) Assessors may, at their option, collect the assessment on tax exempt lands. If the assessor elects not to collect the assessment, the department may bill the landowner directly.

    (2) An owner who has paid assessments on two or more parcels, each containing fewer than fifty acres and each within the same county, may obtain the following refund:

    (a) If all the parcels together contain less than fifty acres, then the refund is equal to the flat fee assessments paid, reduced by the total of (i) seventeen dollars and (ii) the total of the amounts retained by the county from such assessments under subsection (5) of this section.

    (b) If all the parcels together contain fifty or more acres, then the refund is equal to the flat fee assessments paid, reduced by the total of (i) seventeen dollars, (ii) twenty-seven cents for each acre exceeding fifty acres, and (iii) the total of the amounts retained by the county from such assessments under subsection (5) of this section.

    Applications for refunds shall be submitted to the department on a form prescribed by the department and in the same year in which the assessments were paid. The department may not provide refunds to applicants who do not provide verification that all assessments and property taxes on the property have been paid. Applications may be made by mail.

    In addition to the procedures under this subsection, property owners with multiple parcels in a single county who qualify for a refund under this section may apply to the department on an application listing all the parcels owned in order to have the assessment computed on all parcels but billed to a single parcel. Property owners with the following number of parcels may apply to the department in the year indicated:

    Year Number of Parcels
    2002 10 or more parcels
    2003 8 or more parcels
    2004 and thereafter 6 or more parcels

    The department must compute the correct assessment and allocate one parcel in the county to use to collect the assessment. The county must then bill the forest fire protection assessment on that one allocated identified parcel. The landowner is responsible for notifying the department of any changes in parcel ownership.

    (3) Beginning January 1, 1991, under the administration and at the discretion of the department up to two hundred thousand dollars per year of this assessment shall be used in support of those rural fire districts assisting the department in fire protection services on forest lands.

    (4) FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHAPTER, THE DEPARTMENT MAY DIVIDE THE FOREST LANDS OF THE STATE, OR ANY PART THEREOF, INTO DISTRICTS, FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND ASSESSMENT PURPOSES, MAY CLASSIFY LANDS ACCORDING TO THE CHARACTER OF TIMBER PREVAILING, AND THE FIRE HAZARD EXISTING, and place unprotected lands under the administration of the proper district. Amounts paid or contracted to be paid by the department for protection of forest lands from funds at its disposal shall be a lien upon the property protected, unless reimbursed by the owner within ten days after October 1st of the year in which they were incurred. The department shall be prepared to make statement thereof, upon request, to a forest owner whose own protection has not been previously approved as to its adequacy, the department shall report the same to the assessor of the county in which the property is situated. The assessor shall extend the amounts upon the tax rolls covering the property, and upon authorization from the department shall levy the forest protection assessment against the amounts of unimproved land as shown in each ownership on the county assessor’s records.
    The assessor may then segregate on the records to provide that the improved land and improvements thereon carry the millage levy designed to support the rural fire protection districts as provided for in RCW 52.16.170.
    RCW 52.16.170 – Access Washington
    apps.leg.wa.gov › … › Title 52 › Chapter 52.16
    Washington State Senate
    In the event that lands lie within both a fire protection district and a forest protection assessment area they shall be taxed and assessed as follows: (1) If the lands …
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    (5) The amounts assessed shall be collected at the time, in the same manner, by the same procedure, and with the same penalties attached that general state and county taxes on the same property are collected, except that errors in assessments may be corrected at any time by the department certifying them to the treasurer of the county in which the land involved is situated. Assessments shall be known and designated as assessments of the year in which the amounts became reimbursable. Upon the collection of assessments the county treasurer shall place fifty cents of the total assessments paid on a parcel FOR FIRE PROTECTION
    INTO THE COUNTY CURRENT EXPENSE FUND TO DEFRAY THE COSTS OF LISTING, BILLING, AND COLLECTING THESE ASSESSMENTS.
    The treasurer shall then transmit the balance to the department.

    Collections shall be applied against expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section, INCLUDING NECESSARY AND REASONABLE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS INCURRED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THESE PROVISIONS.

    The department may also expend sums collected from owners of forest lands or received FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE FOR NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ENFORCEMENT OF RCW 76.04.660.

    (6) When land against which forest protection assessments are outstanding is acquired for delinquent taxes and sold at public auction, the state shall have a prior lien on the proceeds of sale over and above the amount necessary to satisfy the county’s delinquent tax judgment. The county treasurer, in case the proceeds of sale exceed the amount of the delinquent tax judgment, shall immediately remit to the department the amount of the outstanding forest protection assessments.

    (7) ALL NONFEDERAL PUBLIC BODIES OWNING OR ADMINISTERING FOREST LAND included in a forest protection zone SHALL PAY THE FOREST PROTECTION ASSESSMENTS provided in this section and THE SPECIAL FOREST FIRE SUPPRESSION account assessments under RCW 76.04.630.

    The forest protection assessments and special forest fire suppression account assessments shall be payable BY NONFEDERAL PUBLIC BODIES from available funds within thirty days following receipt of the written notice from the department which is given after October 1st of the year in which the protection was provided. Unpaid assessments are not a lien against the NONFEDERAL PUBLICLY OWNED LAND but shall constitute a debt by the NONFEDERAL PUBLIC BODY to the department and are subject to interest charges at the legal rate.

    During the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium

    the FOREST FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT may be APPROPRIATED to THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE for analysis and recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s mechanisms for funding fire prevention and suppression activities.

    (8) A public body, having failed to previously pay the forest protection assessments required of it by this section, which fails to suppress a fire on or originating from forest lands owned or administered by it, is liable for the costs of suppression incurred by the department or its agent and is not entitled to reimbursement of costs incurred by the public body in the suppression activities.

    (9) The department may adopt rules to implement this section, including, but not limited to, rules on levying and collecting forest protection assessments.
    [2012 2nd sp.s. c 7 § 922; 2007 c 110 § 1; 2004 c 216 § 1; 2001 c 279 § 2; 1993 c 36 § 1; 1989 c 362 § 1; 1988 c 273 § 3; 1986 c 100 § 35.]
    Notes:
    Effective date — 2012 2nd sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 2.68.020.
    Effective date — 1993 c 36: “This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately [April 15, 1993].” [1993 c 36 § 3.]


  • WA State Wildfire History page 2

    SUMMARY OF RECENT WILDFIRES : 1849 TO 1952

    (1864) THE DROUGHT WAS SO SEVERE THAT SUMMER that heavy thunder showers on September 2 (1864) apparently did little to quell the fires.

    Records taken at the mouth of the Columbia River SHOWED THAT THIS WAS THE DRIEST JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER FOR THE 58-YEAR RECORD UP TO THAT TIME.

    THIS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE WORST FIRE SEASON SINCE THE EARLY 1700’S.

    1902.THERE WERE PERHAPS HUNDREDS OF FIRES BURNING IN WESTERN WASHINGTON AND IN WESTERN OREGON IN SEPTEMBER

    IT WAS PERHAPS THE WORST FIRE YEAR OF THE LAST 275 YEARS, BEING MORE SEVERE, EVEN, THAN THE FIRE SEASON OF 1868.

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    WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THIS WILDFIRE HISTORY?

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    I FOUND THIS HISTORY OF WILDFIRE INFORMATION HERE…

    THIS IS A 502 PAGE DOCUMENT (a huge pdf 11.5 MG file)

    FIRE HISTORY page 19

    Plant Associations of the Olympic – Oregon State University

    ir.library.oregonstate.edu/…/Olympic%20NF%20Plant%20Associations.pdf

    by JA Henderson – ‎1989 – ‎Cited by 149 – ‎Related articles

    Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985. 16. Figure 8. …… resistant to erosion than shale or slate (labor 1975) …… Nuttall’s PEAVINE. UBO2.

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    1849 Great fires burned in the Coast Range of Oregon, but apparently none occurred in the Olympics.

    1864 to 1868 Many large fires burned in Oregon and Washington in 1864, 1867 and 1868.

    The Ludlow- Quilcene Fire started in slash near Port Ludlow in September 1864 and burned several thousand acres under a high east wind. The fire burned on Mt. Walker, Mt.Turner, and the Quilcene Ridge. Most of the area burned in one or two days. Other fires occurred in the area, including Vancouver Island. In 1868, again many Fires occurred in western Washington and Oregon.

    Much of the area was covered by smoke for extended periods.

    Apparently little of the Olympic National Forest burned in this year, but there were fires all around.

    There was at least one large fire between Olympia and Seabeck (August13) and others in the San Juans, near Montesano, on both sides of Hood Canal, Discovery Bay, near Bellingham, Snoqualmie, and on Vancouver Island.

    These Fires burned into September, flaring up under east wind conditions.

    (1864) THE DROUGHT WAS SO SEVERE THAT SUMMER that heavy thunder showers on September 2 (1864) apparently did little to quell the fires.

    Records taken at the mouth of the Columbia River

    SHOWED THAT THIS WAS THE DRIEST JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER FOR THE 58-YEAR RECORD UP TO THAT TIME.

    THIS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE WORST FIRE SEASON SINCE THE EARLY 1700’S.

    Most of these fires started from land clearing or careless tending of cooking fires.

    1885 The Nellton Burn near Lake Quinault started from right-of-way clearing on the old Quinault trail. it burned about 2000 acres.

     1890 and 1891 Several fires apparently burned in the Soleduck Valley in the early 1890’s. One in Kugel Creek burned about 2000 acres. Others occurred in the Bear Creek, Pysht River and Twin Creeks area.

     In 1890 land clearing fires burned out of control in the foothills near SEQUIM . Rainfall that next winter was light and at least one of these fires survived the winter by moldering in rotted logs or stumps. It flared up the next spring and burned toward the south, Eventually covering about 30,000 acres on the Quilcene District, mostly In the DUNGENESS drainage.

     1902 This was another fire year like 1868. Many fires burned throughout western Washington and Oregon. Much property and at least 16 lives were lost.

    1902 The biggest of the fires during this summer was the famous Yacolt Burn In the Lewis Valley. It burned about 250,000 acres.

    1902 The biggest fire on the Olympic Peninsula, the Elma-Humptulips Fire, burned from near EIma to the Humptulips River mostly on September11. Both the Vacolt and the Elma-Humptulips fires burned under high east wind conditions. A small fire appears to have burned near the Tubal Cain Mine.

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    1902.THERE WERE PERHAPS HUNDREDS OF FIRES BURNING IN WESTERN WASHINGTON AND IN WESTERN OREGON IN SEPTEMBER

    IT WAS PERHAPS THE WORST FIRE YEAR OF THE LAST 275 YEARS, BEING MORE SEVERE, EVEN, THAN THE FIRE SEASON OF 1868.

    1907 The Great Soleduck Fire burned about 12,800 acres in the Soleduck Valley between Lake Crescent and Bear Creek along the south side of Snider Ridge In the summer of 1907. ft started in April when a settler named Cap Mueller was burning ferns in a field (a common practice at the time).

    THE 1907 FIRE WAS NOT PUT OUT, AS WAS ALSO COMMON, AND IT SPREAD TO NEARBY FOREST.

    By July 1907 it was burning out of control and threatening other settlers in the Lake Crescent-Soleduck Valley area. Most of the area burned during one afternoon when a strong east wind came up (Morgenroth 1935).

     1908.. Another fire In the same area burned about 3000 acres in 1908.

    1910 Many fires burned in western Washington and Oregon, but none of any consequence and apparently no fires occurred on the Olympic National Forest.

    1910 The big fires In this summer occurred in Idaho and Montana.

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    1916 to 1920 Many small to moderate fires burned on the Forest during these dry years. Most were logging related fires, although some were caused by lightning.Most of these fires occurred in the rainshadow of the Olympics, especially In Environmental Zones 9, 10, and11.

    THE BIGGEST OF THESE FIRES WERE

    Duckabush Fire – 4810 acres (1918)

    Littleton Fire – 3200 acres (1920)

    Slab Camp Fire – 3000 acres (1917)

    Dosewaiilps Fire – 2665 acres (1918)

    Canyon Hill Fire – 2170 acres (1918)

    Mt. Zion Fire – 2000 acres (1916)

    1922 Duckabush Fire, Another 2000 acres burned in the

    Duckabush drainage in 1922.

     

    1924 and 1925 This was another dry period with many fires in the Olympics, mostly in the rainshadow area.

    The biggest of these fires were:

    Green Mt. Fire – 9615 acres (1925)

    Twin Creek Fire – 9250 acres (1924)

    Discovery Bay Fire – 5000 acres (1924)

    Snow Creek Fire – 3825 acres (1925)

    Snow Creek Fire – 3100 acres (1924)

    Phoenix Camp Fire – 3080 acres (1924)

    Penney Creek Fire – 1774 acres (1924)

    1928 The Hobi Fire burned 3507 acres near Quinault. In

    1927 , 35,000 acres of the Vacolt burn in the Lewis River reburned.

    1929 Many lightning fires were started this year. The Forest recorded 85 lightning caused fires.

    The biggest was the Interrorom Fire which burned 8602 acres in the lower Duckabush and Fulton Creek drainages. Also, 1495 acres burned in the Hamma Hamma drainage.

    1930 This was another year with many lightning fires,

    120 on the Forest, but none larger than 1000 acres.

    1932 The Hamma Hamme fire started from logging and burned 2165 acres.

    1933A few small fires burned on the Forest

    The Tillam00k fire in Oregon covered about 250,000 acres.

    1939 The Deep Creek Fire burned 13,000 acres of which 3460 acres were on the Olympic National Forest

    1942 Two fires burned In the Bear Creek-Calawah River area and covered 5844 acres.

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    1951 The Great Forks Fire, also called the Port Angeles-

    Western (PAW) Fire covered about 33,000 acres (18,500

    acres of National Forest land) (Figure 8).

    In August, a fire started along the Port Angeles-Western right-of-way. The

    fire was contained, but by September 19th it flared up

    again. By the morning of September 20th it was raging

    out of control, carried by a strong east wind. At 2:30 pm

    everyone In the town of Forks was ordered to evacuate.

    The town was thought to be doomed. By evening the

    wind shifted, and an oncoming low pressure system

    helped stop the fire at the outskirts of town. Over 30

    buildings were burned, Including one mill, a motel, and

    28 houses (Smith 1976, Campbell 1979).

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    1952 At least two fires burned in the Bear Creek- Deadman Creek area, and covered about 16,000 acres.

    This was the last big fire to occur on the Forest.

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    OBVIOUSLY WE NEED MORE INFORMATION 1952 TO AUG 21,2015

    I need to do more research…..

    IT SAYS  Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985,  IS  SOMEWHERE IN THE 1989,  502 PAGE DOCUMENT

    Plant Associations of the Olympic – Oregon State University

    ir.library.oregonstate.edu/…/Olympic%20NF%20Plant%20Associations.pdf

    by JA Henderson – ‎1989 – ‎Cited by 149 – ‎Related articles

    Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985. 16. Figure 8. …… resistant to erosion than shale or slate (labor 1975) …… Nuttall’s PEAVINE. UBO2.


  • Port Angeles Sky Turns Yellow?

    Port Angeles Sky Turns Yellow?

    WHAT’S THE LATEST? START HERE…

    B.C. wildfire smoke hangs over the Northwest

    KING5.com‎ – 7 hours ago

    Susan Wyatt, KING 5 News 8:35 a.m. PDT July 6, 2015

    YELLOW SKY  INTERVIEWS WITH PA LOCAL PEOPLE

    HUNDREDS OF CALLS TO 911 TIE UP EMERGENCY LINES

    PORT ANGELES IS NOT IN THE PATH OF A FOREST  FIRE.

    HOWEVER, BE WARNED, THE PATH OF SMOKE IS SO INTENSE IN CERTAIN AREAS, IT’S CONSIDERED A  HEALTH RISK.

    Picture of the big orange sun on our grey sky

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    SMOKE FROM CANADA WILDFIRES STREAMING OVER PORT ANGELES

    By Associated Press Published: Jul 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM PDT Last Updated: Jul 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM PDT

    »Play Video

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – Fire officials in Washington state say smoke from wildfires in Canada, not Washington, is casting a haze over the Port Angeles area.

    Meteorologist Mike McFarland with the National Weather Service in Seattle winds are blowing smoke from wildfires burning on Vancouver Island southward, over British Columbia and into the Port Angeles area.  He says the HAZE? could hang over the area through Sunday evening.

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    MY FIRST COMMENT

    If you want to be misinformed…. read the LOCAL Peninsula Daily News

    The PDN said the Olympics, near Queets on Friday  and also Brinnon, as of Saturday..

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    My email

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To:

    Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:36 PM

    Subject: Smoke from ONP? Canadian wildfires ?

    Our sky is yellowish pinkish gray..

    It burns your nose when you go outside, where is it coming from?

    ONP? Canada??

    Air quality now? moderate???

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    CLIMATE CHANGED BY WILDFIRE POLICY?

     CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY CANADA’S WILDFIRE POLICY?

     According to the Environment Ministry, fires near communities get the highest priority, but the ministry DOESN’T EXTINGUISH THEM UNTIL THEY’RE WITHIN 20 KILOMETRES.

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    CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WILDFIRE POLICY

    PARADISE WILDFIRE LET IT SMOKE, SMOLDER AND BURN  UNTIL OCTOBER?

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    Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized … – CBC

    www.cbc.ca/…/canada/…/sask-government-s-20km-firefighting-pol

    CBC.ca

    4 days ago – With wildfires threatening towns and villages across northern … CBC News Canada … Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized … people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires.

    There have been more than 520 forest fires so far this year, about three times as many the same time last year.

    They have forced more 5,000 people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires.

    The communities themselves haven’t burned, although THE SMOKE IS SO INTENSE IN CERTAIN AREAS, IT’S CONSIDERED A MAJOR HEALTH RISK.

    Meanwhile, La Loche Mayor Georgina Jolibois says a long-running government policy is putting the communities at risk.

    ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY, FIRES NEAR COMMUNITIES GET THE HIGHEST PRIORITY, BUT THE MINISTRY DOESN’T EXTINGUISH THEM UNTIL THEY’RE WITHIN 20 KILOMETRES.

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    Thousands more evacuated as wildfires spread in Western …

    www.ctvnews.ca/canada/thousands-more-evacuated-as-wildfires-…

    CTV News

    Thousands more evacuated as wildfires spread in Western Canada. CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, July 4, 2015 4:31PM EDT Last Updated Saturday …

    CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2015 5:25 PM MT Last Updated: Jun 28, 2015 5:25 PM MT. Firefighters … WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE FIRES ARE CAUSED BY LIGHTNING…

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    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK POLICY
    Officials handling the Paradise Fire, which has been burning in a remote part of the Olympic National Park, say local 911 dispatchers in the area have been swamped with calls. They say there is no increased danger from that blaze, which has been burning for several weeks.

    Some of the smoke is traveling down the west side of the Olympic Peninsula.

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    Satellite image of fires in B.C., courtesy of NASA

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    You want to see something amazing.  Here is a picture from Scott Sistek’s (KOMO TV!) father’s home in Port Angeles today.  THE WORLD HAS TURNED YELLOW.  Surreal.

     

    Cliff Mass Weather Blog

    cliffmass.blogspot.com/

    8 hours ago – And a very dense area of smoke over Vancouver Island. … father’s home in Port Angeles today. THE WORLD HAS TURNED YELLOW. …. (differences from a 30-year normal) for Washington through May 2015. …. The signs in the sky are subtle, but if you can read the clouds they … And now the really serious news.

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    CLIMATE CHANGED BY WILDFIRE POLICY?

    WA STATE DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCE POLICY ON WILDFIRES?

    LIGHTENING CAUSED the Carlton Complex wildfire.

    LIGHTENING CAUSED The largest wildfire in WA State history.

    Images for carlton complex wildfire caused by lightning …

    More images for carlton complex wildfire caused by lightning strikes

    Carlton Complex | Wildfire Today

    wildfiretoday.com/tag/carltoncomplex/

    Dec 12, 2014 – Washington DNR demotes their Resource Protection Manager … Following the CARLTON COMPLEX OF FIRES THAT BURNED 300 HOMES AND 256,108 ACRES IN NORTH-CENTRAL WASHINGTON this summer, there have been calls …. Carlton Complex as seen from the Incident Base, July 17, 2014. …. Click here for the rules.

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    Property owners file claims against state for losses in …

    methowvalleynews.com/2014/…/property-owners-f…

    Methow Valley News

    Oct 23, 2014 – … indicated the intention to file a claim but have not returned their forms to him yet. … DNR has not completed its standard after-incident review for the fire, which will … They include a map of the Carlton Complex Fire to show the location of … related to the Carlton Complex Fire (as of Oct. 27, 2014) (PDF file).

    Photo: Rick Sistek


  • New Zealand’s Logging History

    New Zealand’s  History of Logging

    2. Impacts and effectiveness of logging bans in natural …

    HMMM… THIS REVIEW COVERS THE EVOLUTION OF THE COUNTRY’S LOGGING BAN SINCE THE EARLY 1970S, when the Government decided to phase out the last logging operations on State-owned natural forests in the WEST COAST REGION. the role of Government in forestry and the future use of natural forests during the last three decades. THE EVENTS THAT PLAYED MAJOR ROLES IN THE WAY LOGGING RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED.

    AFTER FORESTS WITHIN CATCHMENT PROTECTION AREAS, NATIONAL PARKS, AND OTHER KEY RESERVE AREAS ARE REMOVED FROM THE AVAILABLE HARVEST AREA, AN ESTIMATED 930 000 HA OF LOGGED AND UNLOGGED FORESTS ON STATE LANDS REMAIN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE LOGGING BAN.

    snippet Social implications

    The impacts on employment and income generation from logging restrictions have been felt most in the smaller milling-dependant communities. The pre-1987 restrictions especially affected people living in communities in the central North Island, South Island West Coast, and Southland, which served older mills cutting natural timber. Some smaller isolated towns, notably those serving larger mills, lost substantial populations or closed completely. Some regional communities also supported farming and other activities, or alternative employment was available in the planted forest operations.

    DOES THIS SOUND VAGUELY FAMILIAR? OR ALL TO FAMILIAR?

     OH, YES, BUT, THAT’S  NOT ABOUT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

     THAT’S ABOUT NEW ZEALAND

    Indeed, there is a difference.

    NEW ZEALAND DIDN’T HAVE THE ENDANGERED SPOTTED OWL

    AND NEW ZEALAND BANNED THE EXPORT OF TIMBER.

    Of course, in the United States of America, IT’S JUST THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL

    IN NEW ZEALAND IT IS THE FEDERAL STATE LAW.

    PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE

    2. Impacts and effectiveness of logging bans in natural …

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    If the U.S. congress is first allowed to legislate “WILD” and “VOTE”  to make all public trust and National Park land “WILD FIRST “?  Shall THE U.S. FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT, by due process, automatically  remove the legal entitlement of income we the people have from The Enabling Act?

      Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enablingact-february-22-1889/

    Mar 9, 2014 – Way back then, the Federal Government and the elected representative gave to and enabled American citizens, they made donations of public …

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    NEW ZEALAND’S  HISTORY OF LOGGING

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=2.nEW+ZELAND+Impacts+and+effectiveness+of+logging+bans+in+natural+…

    2. Impacts and effectiveness of logging bans in natural …

    www.fao.org/docrep/…/x6967e05.ht…

    Food and Agriculture Organization

    New Zealand’s natural forests have been the subject of protracted public and … which eventually became the main source of timber in New Zealand. Another was the reorganization of the Government natural resources … However, much of the natural forests in all ownerships cover steep land and other protection areas. New Zealand’s renewable plantation forests.

    http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6967e/x6967e05.htm

    2. IMPACTS AND EFFECTIVENESS OF LOGGING BANS IN NATURAL FORESTS: NEW ZEALAND

     ALAN REID

    INTRODUCTION

    New Zealand’s natural forests have been the subject of protracted public and political debate regarding the role of Government in forestry and the future use of natural forests during the last three decades. THIS REVIEW COVERS THE EVOLUTION OF THE COUNTRY’S LOGGING BAN SINCE THE EARLY 1970S, when public interest and disquiet over natural forest management became prominent, through late 1999 when the Government decided to phase out the last logging operations on State-owned natural forests in the West Coast region.

    Some events played major roles in the way logging restrictions have been implemented. One was the development of planted forests of introduced species, which eventually became the main source of timber in New Zealand. Another was the reorganization of the Government natural resources administration in the mid-1980s, which resulted in the separation of commercial planted forests and natural forests.

    Prior to these events, large areas of natural forests covering New Zealand’s rugged and erosion-prone terrain were also set aside for water and soil protection. Such reservation became a feature of forest management when the first Government policy on natural forest management and timber sales was formulated.

    The exclusion of timber harvests from other natural forests, as a matter of national policy for conservation reasons, is a relatively recent development in New Zealand. Logging restrictions followed growing public interest in natural forest management in the 1970s, and subsequent political changes affecting forestry administration. The Government reorganized the natural forest administration in 1987. Maturing planted forests provide alternative raw material in many parts of the country, cushioning the effect of these changes in the forest industry.

    After 1987, new policies and legislation focused on private forests. Timber harvests have not been banned in these forests. Commercial timber harvests are, however, restricted by export, sawmilling, and sustainable forest management constraints.

    NATURAL FOREST AREAS AFFECTED BY LOGGING BANS

    Logging restrictions eventually will apply to about 5.1 million ha of New Zealand’s State-owned natural forests. An additional 142 000 ha of State-owned natural forests and about 1.3 million ha of private forests are subject to restrictions that limit commercial timber harvest according to sustainable forest management guidelines. However, much of the natural forests in all ownerships cover steep land and other protection areas. AFTER FORESTS WITHIN CATCHMENT PROTECTION AREAS, NATIONAL PARKS, AND OTHER KEY RESERVE AREAS ARE REMOVED FROM THE AVAILABLE HARVEST AREA, AN ESTIMATED 930 000 HA OF LOGGED AND UNLOGGED FORESTS ON STATE LANDS REMAIN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE LOGGING BAN. Similarly, about 670 000 ha of private forests are potentially available for commercial management, although only about 124 000 ha of this area are currently of commercial interest.

    snippet, Social implications

    The impacts on employment and income generation from logging restrictions have been felt most in the smaller milling-dependant communities. The pre-1987 restrictions especially affected people living in communities in the central North Island, South Island West Coast, and Southland, which served older mills cutting natural timber. Some smaller isolated towns, notably those serving larger mills, lost substantial populations or closed completely. Some regional communities also supported farming and other activities, or alternative employment was available in the planted forest operations.

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    The Outrage of WA DNR Logging? I posted it on my website.

    As usual, one thing led to another, connecting the dots.

    THE IGNORANCE OF THE UNIFORMED PUBLIC ON LOGGING AND HARVESTING? Federal Public Trust Land, WA State Public Trust Land  and  the entire private forest land industry has a very serious impact on the economy of the of Washington State.

    As usual, one thing led to another, dot to dot.

    (instant visual identification of a tree farm, for the tourists)

     PHOTOS OF TREE FARMS IN NEW ZEALAND

    George C. Rains Sr. my Dad, as a private property owner of 3000 acres of timberland in Clallam County WA.  made a trip to New Zealand.  I have his photo album of that New Zealand trip. He took pictures of tree farms. They were beautiful, they looked exactly like a farm, the trees were lined up like corn rows, evenly spaced,  no under growth, and easily identifiable from a distance as a  renewable tree farm.

     RESEARCHING THE  FOLLOWING WAS WHY GEORGE C. RAINS SR.  FLEW TO NEW ZEALAND

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    WHAT CAN AMERICAN CITIZENS  LEARN FROM  NEW ZEALAND’S LOGGING  HISTORY?

    LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD?

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    NEW ZEALAND’S RENEWABLE PLANTATION FORESTS.

    Jenkin’s range of timber products are made from radiata pine grown in NEW ZEALAND’S RENEWABLE PLANTATION FORESTS.

    http://jenkin.co.nz/why-wood

    Why Wood | Jenkin Timber Ltd

    jenkin.co.nz/why-wood

    Wood is also a most renewable and sustainable building material. The cycle of planting and … For further information on finger-jointing visit www.nzwood.co.nz.

    Wood has long been a popular choice for building. It is an attractive natural product that offers design flexibility, durability, and thermal, acoustic, and fire performance. Wood is also a most renewable and sustainable building material. The cycle of planting and harvesting of plantation forests results in the removal and storage of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This helps make timber an environmentally friendly choice for anyone concerned about their carbon footprint.

    Jenkin’s range of timber products are made from radiata pine grown in New Zealand’s renewable plantation forests.

    AS A RESULT OF DECADES OF INVESTMENT IN FORESTRY RESEARCH, New Zealand’s radiata pine forests produce timber of uniform density and colour. This timber is finger-jointed which improves on the original physical and structural characteristics of radiata pine by over 400%.

    Jenkin exclusively uses timber produced in New Zealand’s radiata pine plantation forests. The timber from these forests meets the standards set by the international Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) for environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable forest management. This means Jenkin can supply product that carries the prized FSC® certification.

    When you choose a New Zealand manufactured pine product made from timber sourced from one of our sustainably managed forests you are making a responsible choice.

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    New Zealand

    www.fao.org/…/003/…/Y1720E19.H…

    Food and Agriculture Organization

    (Note: New Zealand’s domestic market for forest products is estimated at … Annual new plantation development in 2000 was 37 440 ha plus around 30 000 ha …. Many New Zealand exporters use the themes of environmental friendly, renewable … Employment statistics: The New Zealand forest industry employs around 25 …

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    r6Killerby.doc – unece

    www.unece.org/…/tim

    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    The New Zealand timber industry has responded with User Guides and Design … The country currently has 1.8 million hectares of commercial plantation forest, with … New Zealand producers tend to often emphasise the versatile, reliable, renewable ….. OWNERS ASSOCIATION 2002a: Forestry Facts and Figures 2002/03.

     


  • Outrage Over WA DNR Logging?

    Outrage Over WA State DNR Logging?

    Indeed, four or more cars full of outraged tourists, identified by their out of state license plates, at the Lake Crescent view point, inside the Olympic National park,  were absolutely outraged by the ugly view of WA State Dept. of Natural Resources clear cut logging of Public Trust lands on the NE end of Lake Crescent.

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    Outrage by definition,  powerful feeling of resentment or anger aroused by something perceived as an injury, insult, or injustice

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    As the tourists from four or more states, stood around pointing and loudly discussing their outrage of  the ugly logging issue with each other, they were totally clueless about what land was being logged? Who was doing the logging?  And, last but not least, why the land was being logged? They were so distracted by the ugliness of logging that they saw, that they barely glanced at or appreciated  the millions of ONP trees surrounding them.

    Unfortunately this ignorance is also shared and proliferated by members of our county government with regard to the ugly logging view on the Olympic Discovery Trail. And just imagine this shared and proliferated message from thousands of bicyclists that use it. That ugly view from the Olympic Discovery trail was discussed at a Clallam County Planning Commission meeting. Two members of that Commission, brought up the ugly view logging subject. They to, appeared to be  totally clueless about what land was being logged? Who was doing the logging?  And, last but not least, why the land was being logged?

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    THE IGNORANCE OF THE UNIFORMED PUBLIC ON LOGGING AND HARVESTING? Federal Public Trust Land, WA State Public Trust Land  and  the entire private forest land industry has a very serious impact on the economy of the of Washington State.

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    AT THE VERY LEAST, Olympic National Park must put up informational signage on the purpose and intent of  DNR harvesting  of state trust land at the Lake Crescent viewpoint.

    AT THE VERY LEAST, Washington State Department of Natural Resources must put up informational signage in logged areas, on the purpose and intent of  DNR harvesting  of state trust land on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

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    AT THE VERY LEAST The ONP and DNR informational signage for DNR  logged areas must include. Who, what,  and why the DNR logging was done.

     

    EACH QUARTER, DNR REPORTS the earned income and projected revenue from State Forest Lands (formerly known as Forest Board lands) in Clallam and several other Washington counties. Harvesting timber provides most of the revenue, which the counties use to support various taxing districts that provide county services — roads, schools, hospitals, libraries and fire districts.

     

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    Olympic Discovery Trail ODT | Washington Bike & Multi-use …

    www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com/

    Olympic Discovery Trail

    THE OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL, one of America’s premier trail systems! … This is timber country in a big way.

    THE IGNORANCE OF THE UNIFORMED PUBLIC ON DNR LOGGING AND HARVESTING? THE OUT OF STATE TOURISTS,  OUR  COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, AND THE THOUSANDS OF OUT OF TOWN BICYCLISTS THAT RIDE ON THE OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL, one of America’s premier trail systems! … This is timber country in a big way. … The Olympic Peninsula is approximately 130 miles of lowlands is Washington State’s premier destination for non-motorized touring, filled with views of snow capped peaks, …

    WHY BOTHER WITH THAT?

    Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enablingact-february-22-1889/

    Mar 9, 2014 – Through the Enabling Act, a specific acreage of land was endowed and is held in trust for each identified beneficiary. Revenues generated from …

    THE IGNORANCE OF THE UNIFORMED PUBLIC ON LOGGING AND HARVESTING? Federal Public Trust Land, WA State Public Trust of Land and  the entire WA State private forest land industry has a devastating  impact on the economy of the of Washington State.

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    STATE FOREST TRUST LANDS THAT BENEFIT CLALLAM COUNTY?

    State Trust Land | Ear to the Ground | Page 11

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    Tags:biomass, DNR, forest, timber, trust land, Washington … from managing 92,532 acres of STATE FOREST TRUST LANDS THAT BENEFIT CLALLAM COUNTY. … AND THE PUBLIC AND COUNTIES CAN BE REASSURED THAT DNR’S SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FORESTED …

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    THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC TRUST LANDS?

    THE MAJORITY OF PUBLIC LANDS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE HELD IN TRUST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Most of the PUBLIC LAND MANAGED BY THE US FOREST SERVICE and … Those trust lands cannot any longer be considered public lands …

    IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THOSE FEDERAL TRUST LANDS CANNOT ANY LONGER BE CONSIDERED PUBLIC LANDS …

    WHEN THOSE PUBLIC TRUST LANDS ARE MANAGED, BY THE? WITH THE? OR THE? UNDER THE? AND THE? OR THE ? AND THE OTHER THE?  WHICH INCLUDES ? 

    1. managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),

    2.The United States National Park Service,

    3. Bureau of Reclamation, 

    4. or the Fish and Wildlife Service,

    5. under the Department of the Interior,

    6. or the United states Forest Service,

    7. under the Department of Agriculture,

    Other federal agencies that manage public lands include

    8. the National Oceanic and atmospheric  Engineers,

    9.  United States Department of Defense

    10. which includes  the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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     More info on US FOREST SERVICE TRUST LANDS?

    The US Forest Service alone manages 193 million acres (780,000 km²) nationwide, or roughly 8% of the total land area in the United States.[3]

    Most of the public land managed by the US Forest Service and … Those trust lands cannot any longer be considered public lands …

    Each western state also received federal “public land” as trust lands designated for specific beneficiaries, which the States are to manage as a condition to acceptance into the union. Those trust lands cannot any longer be considered public lands as allowing any benefits to the “public” would be in breach of loyalty to the specific beneficiaries.

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    THE GOOD NEWS IS… Pacific Legal Foundation Lawsuit.

    Releases|3-18-15 Feds sued for blocking thousands of …

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    Pacific Legal Foundation

    Mar 18, 2015 – The victims include all citizen users of public lands — including the disabled … The lawsuit argues that the U.S. Forest Service, a division of the Department of … and has additionally contributed to her overall sense of well-being. … county, and depriving the county of revenue related to logging operations.