They won't even have to take the blame. There are thousands of Monday morning quarterbacks who will gladly assign it to them. They'd be nuts to attempt what the pines really need. But there is a plan B. Mechanical thinning, such as what has been done on the Haines property in Chatsworth. It would mimic the effects that unrestricted fire once had and could be maintained with subsequent prescribed burns, which probably couldn't crown if you wanted them to do. The only problem is that too many view tree cutting the way fire was once viewed, something to be avoided at all costs. An uphill battle, to say the least.Bob I agree. The landscape is changing drastically. They will not do big burns to keep it the way it was. Too many homes now and they won't take the blame if they lose control. Even the short pines are way taller then even when I was a kid and that wasnt that long ago.