Editor's Note: This looks like an excellent challenge for
all the forest fire modelers out there: How to best prevent forest fires.
Excerpts: But what the Bush administration characterizes as
"gridlock" and "analysis paralysis" is seen by others as the messy but
necessary products of making land decisions in a democracy. The president's
plan, they say, would take the public out of public forest management. (...)
The wilderness group is not opposed to thinning forests for fire prevention
near urban areas, but does object to large-scale logging in the name of forest
The General Accounting Office said (...) fewer than 1% of fire prevention
projects were delayed in such a way.