There is another way you know. It is called the logging industry. Those same people who brought you the formerly beautiful forests on the West Coast that are mostly ash piles or in the process of becoming ash piles due to federal mismanagement now. The logging industry will care fore the forests and leave them however the government wants them in exchange for payment in marketable trees.That might be a part of it as well, but I think there are other factors at play that don't help either. I remember hearing about a back log of work that they needed to get done but didn't have the funds or equipment to do it. One of my moms very close friends is admin for our area and she says she has to fight tooth and nail just to get stuff done from her higher ups. Trying to use of equipment that is 20+ years old, surplus or leftovers from other branches/departments that should have been junked years ago. Our federal preserve is right next door to a state park and the state stuff always seems to be running around in new stuff or has new equipment every couple of years. I know they come in here and get new side by sides or ATVs every three years or so, sometimes they trade em in or sometimes they just sell em out right.
I think the amount I heard that they need to fix the back log of work is something like 15+ billion
They were the ones who originally created these forests from what they were and nurtured them to greatness over much of the last century because the tree they contained provided an income stream for them.
That change in course, allowing those with the means and knowledge to care for the forests to do so again, will requires those in charge of the National forests to actually get off their asses and supervise the whole process from timber sale to final cleanup and have enough integrity to resist being bought off by bribes etc from unscrupulous businessmen, which also exist in the logging just as every other industry.
It might be asking a bit much of the forest service after 3 decade of sitting around and watching the forests become tinderboxes while collecting a check for doing nothing to discourage it nor prevent it to do their job, but I know several Forest service people in my area who would like the chance to try and would do so if the politicians would get out of the way.
When it is all burned and gone shortly, remember it became great because of private industry and private industry can do it again for the nation if allowed to because it's a crop that can be regrown.
If allowed to, private loggers will put a lot of people to work doing regrowing it and caring for it. Large scale forestry is labor intensive, but the results are awe inspiring to say the least.
It will be gone shortly so if you want to see it get here while you can. It took 100+ years the first time and 30 yrs of mismanagement to get to this disaster.
Don't expect the second time that it will come back in a single persons lifetime.