Pine Valley Mountains Wilderness Fire Alert
HIGH UNTAS PRESERVATION COUNCIL
Good HUPC Members,
Now would be a good time to make your wild voices heard! As you know, portions of the Pine Valley Mountains Wilderness (PVMW) in SW UT are burning as a result of a lighting strike late in July. Just recently changing weather conditions with strong down slope winds blew portions of this fire toward the town of New Harmony and its many new subdivisions.
The wild-eyed hew and cry went up blaming the fire upon wilderness designation and wilderness management with Governor Herbert expressing concerns over wilderness and wilderness management. The PVMW fire is a result of three primary events--all clearly recognized and understood:
1--The Forest Service has been far too aggressive in fire suppression on forests dependent upon fires. This has not created this this fire but has assisted in making the forests even more dysfunctional.
The evidence is abundantly clear--that while some management practices have aided in fire intensity and frequency, the problems result from deep droughts and notably changing climatic patterns. This fire was waiting to happen, so to speak, whether designated as wilderness or not. And with the utter failure of New Harmony and numerous new subdivisions to adopt much more aggressive fire-wise/fire-safe techniques the likelihood of property damage grew dramatically. Building further and further with higher and higher densities up the slope to the Dixie National Forest boundary was like giving the fire a spark!
You can write the Governor at:
or email him from his web page at:
Also, consider writing the Regional Forester and urging the Forest Service to resist the anti-wilderness rhetoric resulting from this fire. The Regional Foresters address is:
Imagine a mountain defined by the creation of life, not the production of resources.