Letters to the Editor

Letter: Sagebrush

Sagebrush is not sage grouse habitat. Lightning-caused wildfire, presettlement, maintained the vast areas now in sagebrush as a bunch grass ecosystem. The herbs and forbs and many species of insects provided food for them and their young.

Every tiny water course had an extensive riparian zone that provided nesting habitat, plus winter cover and food.

Sagebrush and juniper are susceptible to fire and existed in limited quantities.

The exclusion of natural fire and over grazing have created the existing vegetation condition.

Weeds, including cheat grass, came from the Mediterranean area and did not evolve with fire, and so are susceptible to it.

Come on, all you fire history specialists and plant experts, help me tell the truth.

Domestic livestock must be removed from public land in order to begin the healing process.

Odos Lowery, Boise

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