In Our View: Forest management key to preventing fires

Wildfires are an unavoidable fact of life in the western United States. But action at the state and federal levels can help protect lives and property. The Columbian | Published: January 27, 2022, 6:03am Wildfires are an unavoidable fact of life in the western United States. But action at the state and federal levels can help […]

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) | www.union-bulletin.com | 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 | www.bendbulletin.com | Jan 29, 2022 When you live in […]

U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO RESUME PRESCRIBED BURNING

U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO RESUME PRESCRIBED BURNING

According to the Forest Service plan — which Dunn calls “a big pivot” — the fuel build-up is at “crisis proportions.”  By Grace Miller | The Corvallis Advocate | JANUARY 30, 2022 The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of national forest, and recently announced a plan to protect — or support efforts to protect — 50 million of […]

We need sound policies to help withstand wildfire

Though wildfires can’t be extinguished completely, policies can be implemented that will help communities better prepare for and withstand wildfires and natural disasters.  DAVID WILLIAMS and CHRIS BROWN | mtstandard.com | Jan 9, 2022 Wildfires continue to wreak havoc on the western United States with more than 54,350 wildfires burning 6,802,729 acres across the region in 2021. […]

Center combines Indigenous, Western knowledge to fight climate change

LANSING – Michigan State University and the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are fighting climate change while preserving Anishinaabeg cultural practices.  By  Capital News Service |  news.jrn.msu.edu | January 3, 2022 Incorporating Indigenous voices and working with the tribe has transformed their approach to science and research, according to both Gary Roloff and Eric Clark, […]

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

Bill Gabbert | https://wildfiretoday.com | 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 | https://eos.org | 5 January 2022 Wildfire risk reduction in California is a climate conundrum. In early 2021, the state set a goal of reducing […]

CREATIVE FOREST THINNING REDUCES FIRE RISK AND FOSTERS HEALTHY FORESTS

By Sunny Wang, University of Washington News Lab | washingtonnature.org | December 1, 2021 The Nature Conservancy is working on a new and creative forest restoration project on Cle Elum Ridge, called the “How Go Unit,” within the Central Cascades Forest. The Nature Conservancy is working on a new and creative forest restoration project on […]