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Letter: Blown away by authentic forest husbandry

In response to the Sugarloaf Fire, U.S. Forest Service fire fighters placed pumps, sprinklers and fire hoses around the Ute Park Ranch on the Williams Fork, giving me and my family the wherewithal to withstand all but the worst blows the Sugarloaf Fire might throw our way.

USFS men and women cut down large expanses of undergrowth, coniferous saplings and tall grasses, as well as removed dead trees. Larger spruce and pines were “limed up” to reduce fuel that could wreak havoc from fire blown embers. Virtually all the resultant slash was neatly piled up for winter burning. We’re talking about an amazing amount of thoughtful, hard work from the entire crew without benefit of heavy machinery.

We were just blown away by the scope and authentic forest husbandry exhibited by these fire fighters, showing not only a high level of service to me and my family but also authentic respect for the natural environment.

We feel safer. And cared for.

These men and women are also delightful people, fun to be around. In these challenging times, they help restore one’s faith in humanity!

Can’t thank them enough.

Jim Cowperthwaite, Parshall

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