Since the 1870's the average fire in all of NYS has been less than 50 ac. Most years show much less than 15000 total acres burned in the entire state. Fire would have to happen much more regularly to be a factor in the northeast ecosystem.
If looking at the total acres in NYS as you posted, shouldn't you add in the total burned acres for the entire NE before you could routinely say that "....... more regularly to be a factor in the northeast ecosystem? Rather it should read.... more regularly to be a factor in the NYS ecosystem.
fair enough. The fact still remains that the overlook fire was a man made fire, not natural. This is the problem with the Mohonk Preserves position of prescribed burning. They say that fire is a natural part of the shawangunk ecosystem and then use the overlook fire to show that if they do not burn a "natural" fire like the overlook fire will happen. Scare tactics to initiate a dangerous burning program.
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