Studies show prescribed burns key to forest resiliency

Scientists are studying old wildfires to find what forest treatments slowed the flames – and what treatments didn’t work so well. Researchers are looking closely at the Schneider Springs fire, the largest wildfire in Washington in 2021. NWNews | By Courtney Flatt | Published November 18, 2022 at 4:15 PM PST Scientists discovered one type of treatment […]

The Canopy | October 2022

Thank you for visiting the Communities for Healthy Forests newsletter, “The Canopy”. The October edition features articles “Senator Wyden:Please Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” By Lee Paterson and “Thinning and Prescribed Fire are Critical Tools for Wildfire Risk Reduction,” By Mark Buckbee. Happy reading.

The Impact of CHF Forestry Tours

Lifetime forester Javier Goirigolzarri leads forestry tours where community members get off the beaten path and into areas where fire has impacted the landscape. Javier’s passion for education and forestry is obvious as he immerses members of the tour into the story of what happens to the forest after fire.


Communities for Healthy Forests support the use of prescribed fire for fuel reduction, but site conditions must be exacting. By Mark Buckbee | Communities for Healthy Forests | August 25th, 2022 Communities for Healthy Forests supports the use of thinning and prescribed fire as tools for fuels reduction in western forests.  The buildup of woody fuel […]

How can ‘active forest management’ affect societal change?

…fire and forest health problems are getting worse while our communities and small businesses struggle….  Amanda Sullivan-Astor | | August 21, 2022 As a certified forester and young professional who specializes in forward thinking forest policies, climate change is always top of mind. I pursued a graduate certificate in forest carbon science, policy and […]

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) | | 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 […]