Ed Driscoll


WAY TO GO AP: It’s rare when you see stuff like this in newspaper articles, so I’d like to give Associated Press some congratulations for getting something right.

Buried at the end of an article titled “Woman Arrested in California Wildfire“, were these two paragraphs:

Thomas Bonnicksen, a forest science professor at Texas A&M University and a national sequoia expert, said mammoth fires that have burned nearly four million acres this year in Western states should sound a warning to environmentalists whose opposition to forest management have allowed the undergrowth to proliferate.

“My only hope is that this threat to a national treasure will make people understand that the forests have to be managed,” Bonnicksen said. “The sequoia is one of the most durable trees in the world, but it cannot resist this kind of fire — it’s too hot.”