'Controlled burns' are good for our forests and communities

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Representatives of many organizations have already expressed their support for the use of controlled burns. They include the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Tehama County Board of Supervisors, Tehama County Resource Conservation District, California Wilderness Coalition, Environmental Protection Information Center, Sunflower Coordinated Resource Management Project, Willits Environmental Center, Forest Guild, Tehama County Fish and Game Commission, and The Wilderness Society. Anytime you can get groups that different to work together on something, you know your idea is a good one.

"Controlled burning, planned and implemented by professional fire managers, works," says Jesse Jones, a registered professional forester who supports our Restore the Mendo campaign. "It protects natural resources, human lives and property in a cost efficient manner. It's time to support our natural resource managers so they can get to work protecting forests and communities from wildfire."

Rich Fairbanks, a fire specialist with the California-Nevada region of The Wilderness Society, also agrees with us. "The science is pretty unanimous and so is the common sense about the value of using controlled burns on our forests," he says. "A series of small disturbances now can prevent a very large disturbance later."