Christopherson's Article Summary: Forest Thinning And Forest Fires

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Forest Thinning and Forest Fires Forest Thinning exists in most forests in the United States, and many overseas. The act of forest thinning is cutting down trees and removing foliage from forests in order to make them uncluttered. This action is commonly referred to as “logging.” Some people believe that uncluttering forests helps in the prevention of forest fires, along with other benefits such as making the forests appear cleaner. Other people argue that forest thinning is the primary initiator of forest fires due to the absence of protection from sunlight and the increase in small plants on forest floors. There are many debates on whether to continue logging, discontinue logging, or find an alternative to logging.
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In his article, he addresses the common belief that logging can be destructive. “Although cutting forests is viewed by some as a harmful act, if done with care for the surrounding environment, it can improve the condition of the forest” (Christopherson 2). In other words, forest thinning is often misconstrued as damaging when it is actually quite productive. The article, Fire Ecology, agrees with Christopherson that we must continue logging, but acknowledges that we are destroying our forests by doing so. The author of this article explicates that we have caused so much damage within our forests that they can no longer thin themselves and if we discontinue forest thinning, any wildfires would be disastrous. The article, Thinning Forests Won’t Prevent Fires, completely opposes this idea. It says that it is “mainstream” to go along with the belief that forest fires are bad, but in reality, forest fires are a natural way for forests to rejuvenate themselves and control their own eco-systems. This article suggests that there is no need for an alternative to forest thinning, it should just be stopped. It says that suppressing all fires in forests is one of the worst forest management decisions ever, and that forests can recover on their own without human intervention. The author believes that humanity should discontinue the logging process everywhere, and trust that the forests will return too a healthy state. The author also suggests that fire prevention can be conducted much more efficiently by doing things at the local level. Some examples of this include cleaning your gutters regularly, landscaping the areas around your home with hardwood trees, cleaning your chimney often, and owning a garden hose that can stretch to any part of your property just in case an incident strikes. By doing simple things like this, each household will be better protected from uncontrolled

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