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Wild Horses, Wildfire and Wildlife - Overlooked Ecological Imbalance - The Root of Catastrophic Wildfire
Preparedness & Survival
by Capt. William E. Simpson, NOVEMBER 20, 2017

OPINION

Let's be clear; the relatively recent catastrophic wildfire issue we are experiencing is not part of any known or historic 'normal fire cycle'. Genetic lines of fire-resistant conifers are being devastated (no seed dispersal!). In fact, Dr. Paul Hessburg's (USFS fire scientist) coined term of 'megafire' defines a new relevance in regard to massive wildfires now reaching and exceeding 100,000...
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Wildfire Conflagrations & Obtuse Thinking
Preparedness & Survival
by Capt. William E. Simpson, OCTOBER 30, 2017

OPINION

Unmanageable wildfire conflagrations that kill people and destroy thousands of homes and many millions of acres of forest annually are due to abnormal amounts of ground fuel matrix (hot-burning grass and brush) in and around the forest and urban wild land interface ('UWI'). The recent evolution of the presence of these prodigious amounts of ground fuels is the direct result...
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An Awesome Survival Tool - The Rat Trap
Preparedness & Survival
by Capt. William E. Simpson, OCTOBER 28, 2017

OPINION

In a serious survival situation, obtaining food when the food supplies in the bug-out bag are exhausted can be a serious problem. And there are very few easily employed solutions readily available. Most traps and snares require a lot of experience to set, and can take days or more to achieve success by securing a meal. However, there is a ready-to-go off...
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Potential Dam Removals On The Klamath River, Open Letter to Zinke
Preparedness & Survival
by Capt. William E. Simpson, OCTOBER 7, 2017

OPINION

An Open Letter To The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors RE: Potential Dam Removals On The Klamath River Dear Siskiyou County BOS: The 'Letter' that the BOS proposes to provide to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in my opinion incomplete in its pleadings and fails to consider and highlight the enormity of flora and fauna that are now endemic as a result of...
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Evolution Of Wild Horses And Cattle And The Effect On Range Damage
Preparedness & Survival
by Capt. William E. Simpson, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

OPINION

Most people, even some so-called 'scientists', who enter into the debate on the causes of the degradation of range-land and riparian areas have some gaps in their understandings as to the evolutionary origins and differences between wild horses and cattle as well as the mechanics of soil compaction and disruption. Then there are cases where scientists do have an understanding of...
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House Bill Title Alludes Forest Protection And Electrical Reliability
Preparedness & Survival
by Capt. William E. Simpson, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

OPINION

There is recent news about a bill sponsored by Congressman Doug LaMalfa that is couched as an 'Electrical Reliability and Forest Protection Act': (H.R.1873 - Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act). A careful examination and analysis of this bill suggests that it does very little along the lines suggested by the bill's title. I suspect that the title was more about political...
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