This summer, the biggest fire in the history of the Sierra Nevada Mountains burned 400 square miles of our forests.
It left behind a lot of dead timber on federal land that we could salvage to raise the millions needed to replant and restore the devastated forests.
Processing that timber would also revive our stricken economy.
But time is running out. After a year, the dead timber loses its value. Bark and wood boring beetles are already moving in to feast on it and we can expect a devastating infestation if these dead trees remain.
Without reforestation, thick brush will soon take over the land, choking off any seedlings struggling to make a start. It could be many generations before the trees return.