But the Little Hoover Commission predicts “proactive forest management practices” can create healthier forests that will “check the speed and intensity of wildfires.” These practices will return forests to the natural conditions of previous centuries, when forests had 40 trees per acre instead of hundreds.
Even California’s own legislature recognizes that forest mismanagement is the tragedy’s major cause. The legislature passed a law two months ago to implement many of the same changes Trump’s now being mocked for proposing — controlled burning, underbrush removal and forest thinning.
This multifaceted approach is too much to put in a mere tweet. But University of California forest expert Yana Valachovic concedes that Trump’s “general sentiment is correct.”
Sadly, his liberal critics can’t see the forest for the trees.