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By Brion McClanahan

Of the forty-four presidents who've led the USA, 9 made blunders that completely scarred the country. Which 9? Brion McClanahan, writer of The Politically mistaken consultant to the Founding Fathers and The Founding Fathers' consultant to the structure, will shock readers together with his checklist, which he helps with exhaustive and wonderful proof. nine Presidents Who Screwed Up the United States is a brand new glance again at American background that unabashedly areas blame for our nation's present difficulties at the backs of 9 very fallacious males.

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C. Burks, ed. : Island Press, 1994), 161-74; A. GomezPompa and A. Kaus, "Taming the Wilderness Myth," Bioscience 42 (1992): 71-279; and S. M. Wilson, "That Unmanned Wild Countrey," Natural History (i<)()2):i6-ij. 4. Edwin Bryant, What I Saw in California (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1985), 3775. J. D. Borthwick, Three Years in California (Oakland: Biobooks, 1948), 114. 6. Robert E. Martin and David B. Sapsis, "Fires as Agents of Biodiversity—Pyrodiversity Promotes Biodiversity," in Proceedings of the Symposium on Biodiversity of Northwestern California, October, 1991, Richard R.

Forest Service, the California Departments of Forestry and of Parks and Recreation, and the National Park Service has had some success in reversing the trend. The success is limited, however, because the practice remains controversial and managers must be overly cautious in controlling fire, thus the kind of fire produced is unusually cool-burning. Too few young white fir trees are killed in such fires, and the pristine openness of the forest is not reclaimed. Furthermore, the number of acres actually burned by prescribed fire so far has only been a small fraction of the total acreage of the forest.

Furthermore, in the absence of ground fire, white fir has grown up densely beneath the older trees, creating potential fire ladders that convert ground fires into destructive crown fires. Ponderosa pine, in contrast, has few juveniles because its seedlings require bare mineral soil to establish themselves on—and only fire clears the litter and provides such a surface. This modern second-growth forest casts a denser shade, and no longer has the park-like atmosphere Muir described. S. Forest Service, the California Departments of Forestry and of Parks and Recreation, and the National Park Service has had some success in reversing the trend.

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