“I was taken aback by George Boardman’s Aug. 28 column, ‘Wild lands burn while special interests argue over what’s best for them,’ writes Peter Van Zant, a former Nevada County District 1 supervisor, a long term Sierra conservationist and currently on the board of directors of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, in The Union.
“The assertion that an argument over forest management and post-fire protocol is a cause of the fires is absurd.
“…(Boardman) blames this on ‘environmentalists who … have a hard time tolerating the harvesting of dead trees — never mind ones that are actually alive.’ Really?”
“I have been involved in Sierra conservation issues for more than 25 years. There is no credible conservation group subscribing to Boardman’s assertion: ‘On one side we have tree-hugging environmentalists who would be much happier if people would just disappear from the wilderness landscape.’
“Wildland fires and the future of the Sierra landscape are serious issues. They won’t be solved by conjuring up tired old animosities.”