A Juniper

A very round juniper on top of a 8000-ft mountain

Funny that the Bureau of Land Management feels like PiƱon Juniper forests have taken over most the West, so they want to burn and poison plants and soil (and the living beings on them) over 223 million acres in the Great Basin over six western states to build fire breaks which are not scientifically proven to work.

There’s an ulterior motive.

Aside from “kowtowing” to cattle ranchers and stealthily turning ancient sagebrush seas into seas of cheat grass and other prickly invasives, the administrators of our public land feel like there are too many PJ forests. In fact the forests are smaller than they were 200 years ago before miners started cutting them down for cabins and railroad ties. But – less forests mean more grazing.

I have a hard time making sense of forest “management” plans. Sigh. Enjoy your burger!