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Get your pyromanic kicks and help save the planet by torching your own backyard, like Richard Manning did.

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1/17 – Microsoft yields to permatemps Folks who live in the wide-open West amid vast fields and forests may have a moral duty to reintroduce fire into the landscape, says Manning in SIERRA magazine. “I’m trying to understand environmental restoration on the most intimate of scales, on land where I can’t blame loggers or federal bureaucrats for problems. The trees are too crowded for their own good — the result of fire suppression — and exotic weeds are pushing out the native wildflowers and grasses,” he says. He recounts how he is managing his own acreage with an eye toward healing what human management has wrought.

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