Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

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Current Photo of area. The taller trees are still visible in the more recent photo but due to fire suppression and lack of management this site has become overgrown with smaller trees. Recreational snow play opportunities have diminished over time as once open areas due to the prevalence of smaller diameter trees. The larger trees will be lost over time as a result of competition with the smaller trees if the understory isn’t thinned.
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Source: Los Padres National Forest

On April 7, Los Padres National Forest announced a plan to protect areas of the Mount Pinos Ranger District that are at risk to overstocking and the devastating impacts from disease and insect infestation. This forest health project was initially shared with the public in late 2019 during an open house and field visit to the project area. In 2006 public collaboration began when the project was listed in the Mount Pinos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

The Mount Pinos Forest Health Project is located within a federally designated Insect and Disease Treatment Area where declining forest health conditions put the area at risk for substantial tree mortality over the next 15 years. In the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress authorized the U.S. Forest Service to prioritize work in these designated areas, and to expeditiously plan and implement projects to address the risk posed by insect and disease outbreaks.

A primary goal of this project is to reduce tree densities to promote forest resilience to drought, insects and disease. When completed, this area will also provide safe and effective locations from which to perform fire suppression operations. To achieve this goal, professional Forest managers will selectively thin specific areas across 1,682 acres on the eastside shoulder of Mount Pinos between Cuddy and Lockwood Valleys in both Ventura and Kern Counties, California.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/lpnf/home/?cid=FSEPRD855169&width=full

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Chip of SB Apr 09, 2021 12:39 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

This is a great effort to maintain and preserve this beautiful pine forest. As a result of human intervention in the form of persistent fire suppression, the forest has become overgrown and diseased. This plan would help bring the forest back to its healthy and natural condition, preserving it for future generations. If the “environmentalists” succeed in preventing this much needed work from being done, disease will decimate these trees and a wildfire will eventually burn them all down. If the plan is carried out, the forest will be healthy, beautiful, and highly resilient against wildfire as nature intended.

Minibeast Apr 09, 2021 02:23 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

CHIP: Yes. Shame on all those "environmentalists" demanding proper environmental analysis be implemented. Look to the money. Whose pockets are being lined by this project? Such endeavors need stringent oversight. It is ironic in the extreme that this particular plan is titled "Forest Health Project." Logging will destroy habitat, impede production of clean air. I guess we should all be thankful it's not another prescribed burn project. Other jurisdictions have more sense than ours, in that respect:-----------------------

The Forest Service (FS) has decided to drop its ill-conceived massive burn project for up to 1.7-plus-million acres of the Targhee National Forest in Wyoming. The agency had planned to approved this Trump-era plan via a Categorical Exclusion (CE)—meaning without proper environmental analysis or public input—but earlier this week dropped the plan.

Chip of SB Apr 09, 2021 04:17 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

So, you want to continue with fire suppression policies to ensure the natural cycle of wildfire is blocked, and you want to block all efforts to try to restore the forest to its natural condition? That policy will cause the forest to become overgrown and diseased. Many of the pines will die in the years ahead, and there will be a build up of dead and dry ladder fuels. Eventually, a wildfire will sweep through. When this occurs, any pines that have not yet succumbed to the disease infestation will be burned up by all the dead and dry fuel build up around them. It would be a tragedy to allow this to occur. These trees are destined for destruction if we do not intervene to help restore the natural balance that fire used to bring to the ecosystem.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 09, 2021 03:21 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

The renewable energy folks must be running out of biomass feedstocks to fuel their combustion facilities, given that they rely on them to bridge the gaps due to the intermittent nature of solar and wind. The former will get much worse once Bill Gates pollutes the atmosphere with calcium carbonate, in a reckless attempt to dim the sun. But who cares, right? All they have to do is proclaim a forest as a "Disease Treatment Area" and then they can harvest the trees for fuel. What a racket.

ZeroHawk Apr 09, 2021 04:16 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

this is a ridiculous attempt to "rake the forest" this came in under the last joke...er...presidential administration. kinda surprised few of you recall this. this is not ok. leave the forest alone. nature takes care of itself....as long as we stay out of the mix.
CHIP...you're wrong dude...but then again you voted for the guy that put this in motion.
I quote you"This plan would help bring the forest back to its healthy and natural condition, preserving it for future generations. If the “environmentalists” succeed in preventing this much needed work from being done, disease will decimate these trees and a wildfire will eventually burn them all down. If the plan is carried out, the forest will be healthy, beautiful, and highly resilient against wildfire as nature intended."
CHIP, how do you think the forests around the entire globe have taken care of themselves for hundreds of millions of years before Trump told us to rake them? They took care of themselves with nature. Putting men in there to "fix" the forests and cut down diseased trees and this and that...all you are doing is creating a manicured fake forest, not a natural forest. Nature is perfect in her ways, including disease and insects and forest fires. Yeah trees burn Chip, they have for millenia and will continue to do so. Some trees actually need the heat to produce, did you know this? I bet you did not! Some species of pine require extreme heat for their pods to open. Now you want to march into a forest and start pruning, raking, and playing god? Okie dokie....lol....SMG

ZeroHawk Apr 09, 2021 04:18 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

you go play in your faux manicured forests and the rest of us will enjoy the natural forests just the way they are, perfect with all of their beautiful imperfections. I've talked to many friends within two ranger districts and not ONE of them is for this. Not one. The main person behind this has very little experience in forestry and was hired by the trump admin. just like the majority of people they hired, he knows jack squat about his position. fact.

Chip of SB Apr 09, 2021 04:50 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

It is truly a shame to let a blind hatred for the previous presidential administration get in the way of implementing sound forest management practices in order to save a beautiful pine forest from certain destruction. Unfortunately, I fear your viewpoint will prevail and that means these pines are doomed. Enjoy them while you can, because the pests will weaken them in the coming years until a high intensity fire finishes them off.

Sail380 Apr 09, 2021 09:39 PM
Public comments on Mount Pinos Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project open through May 7

Zerohawk, there is the problem. The forests are not natural. They have been choked off from the natural cycle of rejuvenation. Do yourself a favor and drive by a recent fire location and see the cycle of new growth taking hold. As a hunter that has seen how animals leave an area that is overgrow from constant fire suppression, I can say It needs clearing out for the greater good. Even though its ugly for a couple years it is worth it.

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