Just before Colorado suffered its worst forest fire on record, the Sierra Club's website contained a cheery little quiz on forest fires intended to demonstrate two points. The first was that wildfires are natural and therefore good, and that logging is unnatural and serves only the interests of humans and is therefore bad. That quiz has since been replaced with pages and pages of defensive-sounding material designed to show that the Sierra Club has always been supportive of policies that protect families from the risk of wildfires. While it is delightful to see the Sierra Club do the environmental shuffle, the club isn't the depository for all the "facts" that the public might find useful in this situation. For the record, here are a few of the true-or-false questions and the answers the Sierra Club was providing just a few weeks ago:
- Logging helps reduce the risk of forest fires. The Sierra Club's answer: False.
- Forest fires pose a major threat to homes and communities. The Sierra Club's answer: False.
- Fires are devastating to fish and wildlife habitat. The Sierra Club's answer: False.
- Salvage logging after forest fires actually speeds habitat recovery. The Sierra Club's answer: False.
- Areas with roads experience more numerous and more intense fires than unroaded areas. The Sierra Club's answer: True.