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The beginning of the article is a little misleading. Not by today’s measures or any in the past 100 years have we had the funding or resources to make a dent in restoring forests such as the southern Sierra in face of the drought and beetle mortality. If we had never engaged in so much fire suppression and big disturbance-causing actions like clear-cutting and pre-Taylor act grazing, we would be as fine as we possibly could be, but now the forests are very different and halting suppression isn’t enough. Effective action can be taken at broad scales to reduce carbon emissions, but a few biologists in postage stamp size acreages backpacking fish up mountains, or burning tiny plots of land infrequently won’t do it. So, to imply the NPS is deciding not to do anything confuses the real problem of us not having the enormous magnitude of funding we would need.
Incredibly enlightening article. Thank you so much for sharing. For those of us who have long cherished our National Parks, it provides a further wake up call and ever present hope for future.