Ok- get ready, because here I go.
Whenever I see these signs I roll my eyes and think to myself, oh yeah, now theyâ€™re all buddy-buddy. My experience has always been that the vast majority of people want nothing to do with the FS and other agencies until their back yard is on fire. These are the people who wonâ€™t give you the time of day when approached with fire prevention projects near their homes like thinning, prescribed fire and logging contracts. They donâ€™t want you to cut down the trees b/c they think 6 ft stump spacing is the way a forest should look, and some of them even think that these trees have feelings. They donâ€™t want any prescribed burning b/c they donâ€™t want to be inconvenienced with a little smoke for a few days here and there and they think this also ruins the landscape. They are anti-logging b/c groups like the Sierra Club have brainwashed them into thinking loggers are the anti-Christ.
They donâ€™t realize that the forest they live in is dangerously full of fuel, that a good under story burn with some pockets of mortality and little smoke is far more pleasant than a nuked landscape and the thick smoke that will accompany it and that logging isnâ€™t all that bad. These are the people who hold town meetings in their little mountain communities with the soul purpose of complaining about the FS, although I must admit I canâ€™t blame them too much on that one, I know how they do things. Some of these people wonâ€™t even accept grants offered to them by the state to create defensible space and thin their own property, a lot of them donâ€™t even know what defensible space is. Their children should be scared, because if they donâ€™t have the common sense to realize that the tree growing through their deck and the wood pile conveniently piled underneath it might not be a good idea, do they realize they should have their children inoculated against such diseases as measles and polio? Oh, and by the way, I have seen many a tree burn and cut down hundreds more, and I have never heard them scream before.
Now, I know there are some responsible people out there that take the proper precautions and have the right attitude about fire, that the threat of fire is a fact of life when living in forested areas and it is a natural part of the ecosystem they have chosen to build their home in. I didnâ€™t mind saving these peopleâ€™s homeâ€™s, I was happy to do it, but the amount of resources wasted on people who donâ€™t care enough to protect their own homes disgust me. It may be different in other places, but where I come from these level headed people are few and far between.
So, my sentiments on these signs are that they should read, thank you for saving my home despite my ignorance and irresponsibility