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It has been disheartening these recent years to see so much of the Boise National Forest burned. A stand of charred trees was once a curiosity. Now a living stand is unusual.


There are so many factors influencing wildfire — expanding urban interface, decades of ever-drier summers, reduced logging, pestilence — that many remedies can be proposed and legitimately argued.


From a recreational perspective, the clear cutting “remedy” around Clearwater National Forest, the North Idaho area we ride most often, is far more destructive than burning. Even the pro-logging vanguard on the far-right objects to the disaster it leaves when it goes on in their own forests.¹


I have no solution to propose. I kind of doubt any are feasible. It may just be another occasion to choose a cheerful perspective about circumstances beyond our control. These flowers are pretty nice, after all.


¹ Redoubt News, “Citizens Meet with Dept of Lands over Road Closure”:

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Taken on August 29, 2017