Establishment Media Blackout: Trump Took Definitive Steps To Combat Forest Fires


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.

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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.

Was Trump right to call out California for its lack of action on forest management?

After ignoring their warnings, California suffered the destructive “Camp Fire” wildfire, which resulted in at least 85 deaths.

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.

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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.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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