President Trump: I’m a big believer in forest management

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Craig Newell carries hose while battling the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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UPDATED 7:20 AM PT – Wednesday, September 16, 2020

President Trump doubled down on his belief that improving forest management will help prevent wildfires on the West Coast. While speaking to reporters Tuesday, he reiterated the importance of addressing dry conditions in forests prone to wildfires.

His remarks came after his visit to California on Monday, where he met with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) and FEMA officials to assess the damage from recent wildfires plaguing the Golden State. The President said a lot of things contribute to wildfires while emphasizing poor forest management as a major cause.

“When you let the floors of the forest build up with leaves and build up with broken timber that’s dry as a bone, you’re causing forest fires,” President Trump explained. “I believe in a lot of things, but I definitely believe in forest management.”

The President has dismissed Democrat allegations of man-made climate change. Instead, he blamed Newsom’s mismanagement of federal funds for the severity of California wildfires.

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