Controlled Burn Prompts Both Praise and Concerns
The move is being applauded by conservation groups as a way to restore sprawling forests. However, a Missouri wood products industry group opposes controlled burns, and regional air quality experts said they would only compound the problem of fine-particle pollution. Last week, a ten-member Forest Service team carried out a prescribed burn on 208 acres southwest of Rolla. The Forest Service said it will promote woodland health by reducing hazardous fuels and restoring the ecosystem. Proposed revisions to the Mark Twain forest plan call for as much as a four-fold increase in prescribed burning over the next 15 years.