How Active Stewardship Could Protect California’s Forests from Extreme Wildfire

Even small fires now can pose threats to life and property. Are we in a new phase of climate change? Sarah Bardeen | | JUNE 6, 2022 UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens, a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network, has spent over 30 years studying wildfire in California. He spoke with us recently […]

Forestland Management Benefits Salmon and Steelhead in Northern California

Conserving our forests is not only good for us, but good for fish. | March 14, 2022 Sierra Pacific Industries is the largest private forest landowner in the state of California, with about 1.8 million acres of timberland throughout the northern and central portions of the state. Rivers and streams on the company’s land […]

Smoke Study Raises Concerns About Health Effects From Future Wildfires

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A new study on the health effects of wildfire smoke makes some dire predictions for the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. By Len RamirezMarch 30, 2022 at 2:22 amFiled Under:California Wildfires, Wildfire Smoke, Wildfires September 9, 2020, was the day smoke from Northern California wildfires gave the Bay Area a Mars-like appearance. “It […]

BLM to burn piles in Giant Sequoia groves

An effort to help protect these iconic trees from being destroyed in wildfires Bill Gabbert | | January 8, 2022 The Bureau of Land Management  plans to burn up to 1,000 piles of downed hazard trees, branches, and understory brush at Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA) southeast of Three Rivers in Tulare […]

Wildfire potential predicted to be high in Southern Plains, Florida, Georgia, and Carolinas

Bill Gabbert | | January 2, 2022 NIFC’s wildfire potential outlook, January through April The forecast for wildland fire potential issued January 1 by the National Interagency Fire Center predicts that for the next four months the potential for wildfires will be higher than average in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, and the central and […]

Clever Wood Use Could Mitigate Wildfires and Climate Change

Clever Wood Use Could Mitigate Wildfires and Climate Change

California plans to use forest thinning to reduce wildfire risk. New research suggests the state could also see a climate benefit by repurposing waste wood produced by thinning. By Andrew Chapman | | 5 January 2022 Wildfire risk reduction in California is a climate conundrum. In early 2021, the state set a goal of reducing […]