Make the McKenzie Connection!

Articles written by Melvin Thornton

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    Melvin Thornton|Oct 13, 2022

    I spent my career fighting fires in western Oregon. But you don’t have to be a professional firefighter to see the growing threat of wildfire to human lives, property, and our environment. I am concerned the massive accumulation of dead trees left to rot on federal lands will make future fires harder to fight. I’m even more concerned that very little is being done to solve this issue in advance of the next fire that will occur in these snag-infested areas. The U.S. Forest Service agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by environmental groups to...