It is time for elected officials to begin focusing their attention on substantial reforms to forest management that integrate the best practices of the U.S. Forest Service and experts in their field of study. Mechanical tree thinning and controlled burns could do much to cut down on the level of destruction currently inflicted on U.S. forests and property each year due to things within our control. They would cost relatively little, boost timber revenue, and help return American forests to the healthy state that existed prior to the introduction of foreign and unsustainable forest management practices.

The entire op-ed is available at The Economic Standard.