December 16, 1988 |
A federal advisory panel, concluding a high-level review of the way the nation fights its forest fires, recommended Thursday that government policy be clarified to ensure that fewer naturally caused fires are allowed to burn unchallenged. Until the policy can be revised, a moratorium on the current "let it burn" strategy should be imposed to require fire managers to combat every fire that erupts in national parks and wilderness areas, the panel said.
November 24, 1988
Summer fires torched more than 4.3 million acres of America's parks and forests, and now the National Arbor Day Foundation wants public help in replacing the trees. As part of its drive, the nonprofit organization will plant 10 trees in a fire-wounded forest on behalf of anyone who pays $10 to become a foundation member. Membership contributions may be sent to Forest Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb., 68410.
September 14, 1988 |
The White House confirmed Tuesday that the 16-year-old federal conservation policy known as "let burn"--in which most lightning-caused fires in national parks and federal forest preserves were allowed to burn out by themselves--had been overturned for the remainder of the 1988 fire season. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater noted that the "let burn" policy had been abruptly changed in late July after Interior Secretary Donald P.