The Canopy | August 2022

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

FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Continues Efforts to Address Growing Wildfire Threat

BRIEFING ROOM | | JULY 28, 2022 President Biden has directed his Cabinet officials, White House Homeland Security team, and the National Climate Task Force to build on his 2021 wildfire initiatives this year by ensuring wildfire prevention, preparedness, and response is a top priority, and bringing a whole-of-government approach to increasing our Nation’s resilience to […]

To Save Sequoias from Wildfire, We Must Save Them from Ourselves

Once thought to be basically immortal, sequoias are now dying in droves as fires burn bigger, hotter, and longer than any other point in human history. Protecting them is possible, but managing western woods is a Pandora’s box of tough choices. KYLE DICKMAN | | Jul 13, 2022 It’s not like my family actually […]

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 […]

Southern Oregon agencies gearing up with added resources as fire season begins

Southern Oregon — Fire season in Southern Oregon officially begins on Wednesday, and fire agencies across the Rogue Valley are preparing. By Kevin McNamara | | Tuesday, May 31st 2022 The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest district now has 26 fire engines staffed seven days a week, which is up by three from last year. That’s in addition to […]

Rep. Lauren Boebert criticizes Forest Service chief for pausing prescribed burns

Federal agency says decision will have minimal impact By Aedan Hannon Herald Staff Writer | | Tuesday, May 31, 2022 2:02 Updated Tuesday, May. 31, 2022 5:21 Third Congressional District Rep. Lauren Boebert has criticized the U.S. Forest Service for pausing prescribed burns. However, the pause will have little effect on the agency’s prescribed burn […]

Outflanking Fire with Common Sense 

Doug Robertson | Communities for Healthy Forests | June 9th, 2022 As the next fire season approaches, questions and concerns continue to pour in from the public demanding ways to avoid a repeat of the stifling smoke and destruction of our Federal Forest lands yet again in 2022.   The question is, can we do anything […]

Taking a cruise through timber

The Forestry Club students from Umpqua Community College were able to experience an actual boots-on-the-ground timber cruise and do the work themselves on 57 acres of private property several miles northwest of Roseburg. Craig Reed | The News-Review | May 5, 2022 Four local college students took a break from classroom work on Friday to […]

As fire seasons turn into fire years, fuels reduction programs in Idaho’s forests can help

Mother Nature is outpacing us at unprecedented scales with wildfires that burn uncharacteristically, writes guest columnist Charles Mark. CHARLES MARK | | MARCH 28, 2022 Hotter and drier weather, combined with more frequent drought, and longer fire seasons have turned into fire years, allowing wildland fires to feed on fuel ⁠— abundant landscapes burning […]

Gov. Gianforte to Sec. Vilsack: More Must Be Done to Manage Forests, Reduce Wildfire Risk

HELENA, MT (STL.News) Governor Greg Gianforte today invited U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to Montana to chart a clear path forward to address the state’s unprecedented wildland fire risk and forest health issues. Maryam Shah | | March 28, 2022 “Montana is facing unprecedented wildland fire risk and forest health conditions that threaten our homes, […]