Two years after the badger fire, Idaho’s forests are crying out for help

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The damage in southern Idaho was worse than anything sent by the so-called pandemic. The Badger Fire ravaged our South Hills two years ago this month. The damage is still being accounted for as restoration efforts continue. Idaho Fish and Game has an ongoing planting program.

At the time of the fire, there were persistent rumors of human origin. This is not a theory of some sinister individual seeking to burn down the forests of Idaho. It’s just that many of our worst wildfires are human-caused and, in many cases, could have been avoided with a little common sense.

I’ve never come close to the worst of the scene of the fire. It is OK for me. Fire scares me. Just a few days ago I saw a photo of a wildfire scene in the central highlands. It was a smoky, hellish scene, and in the foreground was a fox staring at a camera. I don’t live in the forest, but some creatures do and my heart aches. I see a desperate, lonely creature and I want better.

The causes of many wildfires are human issues. Fixing the worst burns is a human challenge. We need more contributions from serious people. I’m not talking about the crowd of hemp clothes crying over the dead trees. We’re talking about hunters, loggers, and anyone who loves nature, but also makes a living in the backcountry.

If you’re not a self-hating leftist, then I recommend you become part of the solution and check out this Facebook page.

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