Wykoff Keating Fire 1971

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Wykoff Keating Fire 1971 - Haven, Pa....
Haven, Pa. giiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiHiimiMiifiiMiiiiiiiiHti: fLeffer fo the ed/rorl To the Editor: This was the headline of an article I clipped from a newspaper shortly after the latest California Fire Disaster: "Animals Hit Hard in California Fires." "Well," you say. "that happened in California, and it's a long way from here." California might be a long way from here, but the results of disastrous fires are right in our own back yards — Wister Cove. White City. Hyner View. Walter's Run, Moore's Run Trail on Keating Mountain, and Leaning Pine on the Susquehanna River at milepost No. 44. We patrolled the Leaning Pine fire area for two solid weeks, and believe me. it was never completely out until the rains came. Today, it is a dead and desolate area, In some places, there is absolutely nothing growing. If you don't think they were destructive, just take a walk through the burned areas. Some of these fire-burned areas are over five years old. Timber is still dying. The Moore's Run fire, on Keating Mountain, destroyed a swampy area that supported a small grove of hemlock and laurel. This provided a source of water for the small watershed that fed Moore's Run itself. FIRE destroyed this watershed. It also destroyed a place where deer fed and found shelter during the winter. We have planted 5000 pine and spruce trees in this area, hoping that, someday, it will come back to its natural state. Deer were killed in the Moore's Run fire. I know, because we found some of their remains later. Just how many squirrels were suffocated in hollow trees, and how many birds were destroyed, we will never know. Right now, as spring is doing her best to burst forth, nature has given the signal to birds and animals alike to get ready to bring forth their young. Na- turfe has provided them with various colors and means to protect them from being destroyed by predators. However, only WE can protect them from fire. We must surely realize that in helping the birds and animals, we are helping ourselves. For example: Every bit of vegetation that is destroyed is one less plant to supply the much needed oxygen we depend on. Every bit of smoke from a forest fire adds to air pollution. Every watershed destroyed lessens the already shrinking supply of good water we enjoy. It's time we really stopped to think that every forest fire costs us money. It is our tax dollar that pays the suppression bill. It costs a lot to make a water drop. Since we do not have the necessary manpower to do the job we are obligated to do, we have to use machinery to put lines around the fires. This also leaves many unwanted roads. If you can't believe this article, I will be glad to personally show you the areas in my Division that were destroyed by fire. You can then draw your own conclusions. In the meantime. I ask you to please stop and think, and PLEASE be careful with fire. Remember that fires bum more than just trees. RANGER "PAT" WYKOFF Keating Division Bureau of Forestry Dept. Environmental Resources

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  1. The Express,
  2. 15 Apr 1971, Thu,
  3. Page 14

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