Endangered Cactus Burned

So I’m reading this article about a wildfire in Arizona that was not a controlled burn, and how it may have damaged populations of endangered cactus. But it’s all good because the endangered cactus had prevented them from starting a controlled burn in the first place, so an uncontrolled burn that damaged the endangered plants was ideal for them. Or something like that.

Since the early 1990s, she said, “We have been unable to (use a prescribed burn) because of the listing of the Pima pineapple cactus.”…

It burned close to the Tohono O’odham’s most sacred site and may have killed some endangered cacti.

It was mostly a good thing, say fire managers.

People really don’t care about endangered species. Anything to get around protecting them.

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