The Canopy | August 2022

Outflanking Fire With Common Sense | By Melvin Thornton
Are we “Protecting” our Forests to Death? | By Dale Pospisil

Burn severity explained

Shovel Creek: an example of burn severity assessment and ecology in interior Alaska Zav Grabinski, Alaska Fire Science Consortium | |Chris Smith, Geographic Information Network of Alaska Wildfire is a natural process that shapes the landscape of Alaska In 2019, the Shovel Creek Fire grew rapidly and threatened nearby neighborhoods north of Fairbanks. The […]

Fuel breaks touted as first priority for historic Stanislaus National Forest project

Mechanical fuel reduction treatments to create more than 6,000 acres of strategically located fuel breaks near Highway 108 corridor communities have been identified as the highest-priority first step in a massive project to reduce fire threats in the South Fork and Middle Fork Stanislaus watersheds, according to a formal decision signed and dated by the […]

Scientists: excessive fuels likely to increase New Mexico’s climate-driven wildfires

(New Mexico News Connection) Wildfires continue to burn in New Mexico after destroying at least 150 homes in Ruidoso, killing an older couple in the village last week. Roz Brown | | April 19, 2022 Matt Hurteau, professor of biology at the University of New Mexico, who studies climate-change mitigation and adaptation, said the […]

Opinion: Nevada cannot survive another smoke season

Russell Kuhlman | | February 15, 2022 This opinion column was submitted by Russell Kuhlman, executive director of the Nevada Wildlife Federation. This past year Northern Nevada saw firsthand the impacts that frequent wildfires had on our communities. Schools were closed, families were forced inside, and many Nevadans suffered serious health impacts from the […]

RMEF Gives $1 Million Toward Wildfire Recovery Efforts

Nicolas Lenze | | 02.16.22 I lived in California for the first 30 years of my life and now live in Colorado. This means that I’ve lived my whole life seeing the devastation caused by wildfires. Entire mountainsides blackened with ash and death, families displaced as their homes burn, and animals with nowhere to go. These […]

USDA forester details Colorado’s role in federal wildfire fight

The Biden administration announced an initiative to fight growing wildfire risks. CB Cotton | | Jan 19, 2022 and last updated 8:26 AM, Jan 20, 2022 DENVER — The federal government has deemed wildfire risks in the West to be under crisis proportions, and the Biden administration is now calling for swift action to protect people […]

In wildfire ‘pivot,’ experts question federal focus

The U.S. Forest Service is trying to pivot from that long-held practice and instead use smaller fires as a tool to limit catastrophic blazes fed by decades of fuel buildup. Benjamin J. Hulac CQ-Roll Call (TNS) | | Jan 29, 2022 WASHINGTON — A series of forest fires burned 3 million acres in Idaho, […]

Editorial: A small piece in solving the federal forest puzzle

The Milli Fire shown here burning near Sisters in mid-August 2017.

The project outside of Black Butte is small compared to the total work that goes on in the Deschutes National Forest in any year. It’s miniscule compared to Biden’s $50 billion plan. But it’s the kind of work that needs to continue. Bulletin Editorial Board | | Jan 29, 2022 When you live in […]

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 […]