Last week, an op-ed in California’s Sacramento-Bee and an editorial by the Bend Bulletin in Oregon each wrestled with the issue of housing and commercial development in the wildland-urban interface (and beyond) as the expanding wildfire threat engulfs both states.
Both pieces explain the rural county development challenge from two different prospectives, and echo the supporters on each side of this argument as well.
Combating rural sprawl to permit the natural course of fire ecology in a new normal of climate change meets the need for affordable housing in places that are green-belt confined to strike a balance with nature.
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