The establishment media failed to recognize President Donald Trump’s executive order to combat wildfires while they’ve been tirelessly covering the government shutdown.
Last Friday, the White House announced plans to properly manage vegetation in federal lands and better coordinate federal, state, tribal and local assets.
“For decades, dense trees and undergrowth have amassed in these lands, fueling catastrophic wildfires,” Trump wrote in the order, seeming to reference the devastating California wildfires.
The executive order stressed active management of forest vegetation and minimizing regulatory obstacles.
“Active management of vegetation is needed to treat these dangerous conditions on Federal lands but is often delayed due to challenges associated with regulatory analysis and current consultation requirements,” the order said.
This order came after Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke scolded California for its improper handling of flammable, dead vegetation.
“We’re tired of giving California hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars all the time for their forest fires, when you wouldn’t have them if they managed their forests properly,” Trump said in October.
Zinke also slammed environmentalists for refusing to clean the forests.
“We have been held hostage by these environmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access — that have refused to allow (the) harvest of timber,” Zinke said in August.
Thankfully, Trump’s new executive order will help combat some of the problems with America’s forests.
The order aims to “help reduce hazardous fuels through active forest management in order to protect communities, critical infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources.”
To help reduce vegetation, the Trump administration will allow the harvest of at least 3.8 billion board feet of timber from U.S. Forest Service lands and 600 million board feet of timber from Bureau of Land Management lands.
Not surprisingly, Trump’s executive order has received backlash from some environmentalist groups.
Denise Boggs, member of Conservation Congress, claimed that Trump’s executive order won’t be effective.
“It won’t work, and we know that … All the fire ecologists are saying the same thing: You can’t log your way out of this situation,” Boggs told The Sacramento Bee.
But California’s deadliest wildfire roared after the state failed to follow Zinke’s advice on forest management.
Regardless of the order’s effectiveness, it’s great that Trump is trying to combat wildfires.
Americans would love to hear this news, but the establishment media is too focused on covering the shutdown.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.