Perhaps nothing tears me in two directions more than the debate about clearing roadside vegetation for fire control.
Of course some people want it cleared to reduce the fire hazard it may pose. On the other side, people want it retained as part of a natural system and perhaps a wildlife corridor. What is a bit of dead wood lying on the ground, could be an important part of a whole ecosystem.
So, we have the natural environment pitted against possibly people's lives, although clearing road side vegetation may not help at all in some specific cases.
I think I can only judge it from and angle I use if I am unsure about a similar matter. If we don't get the environment right, nothing else will be right.
How about a compromise? Some slow and cool burning of roadside vegetation to reduce fuel loads, but in very select areas where it can be shown to benefit.