Roadless Lands: 'Sentimental Neglect' of Our Forests?

Are initiatives like Clinton's "Roadless Lands" plan to blame for the forest fires burning up the West and the worst fire season in 50 years?

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August 7, 2000, 2:00 PM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

A web-only essay by Time's Lance Morrow presents the logging industry's viewpoint of the controversial "Roadless Lands" plan. Are initiatives like Clinton's "Roadless Lands" plan to blame for the forest fires burning up the West and the worst fire season in 50 years? Dave Van De Graaff, a timberlands manager argues, "By saying you cannot build roads, they are saying, Let it burn. A lot of the West has too much fuel. It'll burn. We believe the industry is not the problem but a big part of the solution."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Monday, August 7, 2000 in Time


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