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Editorial: Forest Service mulls change in fire tactics

Source: Gazette Times With wildfires continuing to burn throughout the West, we were intrigued by a recent interview with the interim head of the U.S. Forest Service in which she talked about the need to push her agency toward a more science-based approach toward fire suppression. It’s potentially a big change for the Forest Service, […]

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Historic California Wildfires Ignite Blame Game

Source: Multi Briefs by Michelle R. Matisons You already know there are some serious wildfires burning in California and the west. So what’s new? What’s new is that the Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest in California history. This fire is so large that one astronaut on the International Space Station — 250 miles above […]

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Annual report summarizes forest health across U.S.

The State of the Nation’s Forests Source: USDA Forests are constantly changing with weather, disturbance, and conversion to other land uses, but how do we know if year-to-year changes are just a one-off or part of a larger shift? Annual summaries of forest health are key to our understanding, say the editors and authors that […]

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On the Front Lines of America’s War on Fire

Source: Mens Journal by Kyle Dickman On a cool morning last November, Tirso Rojas, a lifelong firefighterOpens a New Window. turned disaster-cleanup specialist, parked his Chevy Silverado pickupOpens a New Window. among a cluster of burned houses in the charred foothills surrounding Santa Rosa, CaliforniaOpens a New Window.. A man in a hard hat and a Day-Glo vest sat smoking […]

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Old-growth is great, but here’s why we need new-growth forests, too

Source: All About Birds By Scott Weidensaul If there’s been a central, unques­tioned tenet of bird conserva­tion in the past quarter-centu­ry, it’s been the absolute importance of large, intact tracts of mature woodland. As populations of species such as Wood Thrush, which evolved to nest deep in the interior of mature woodlands, have continued to fall for […]

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For the 2018 Fire Season – Lightning will be the Wild Card

Source: KGVO Radio Wildfire experts are saying the upcoming fire season will be ‘above normal’, meaning more than 300,000 acres burned, due to hotter, drier conditions through September. Michael Richmond, meteorologist with Predictive Services at the Northern Rockies Coordination Center for the U.S. Forest Service, said his office works off of computer models for the […]

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Forest Service chief approves salvage project for Sunrise fire on Lolo

Source: Missoula Current The U.S. Forest Service is reviewing 14 recent wildfires to conduct post-fire salvage operations in western Montana, including five on the Lolo National Forest, one of which was approved by the agency’s interim chief earlier this month. Acting chief Vicki Christiansen used the emergency situation determination to begin work on the Sunrise […]

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Forest Service wants to log 5,600 acres, replant 16,000 burned by Rice Ridge fire

Source: Missoula Current   BY LAURA LUNDQUIST The Lolo National Forest wants make the best of last year’s 160,000-acre Rice Ridge fire by logging some trees. This week, the forest released an environmental assessment proposing to log more than 5,600 acres and replant more than 16,000 acres within the burn zone around Seeley Lake. The document […]

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Analysis: In zeal to restrict logging, advocacy groups exploit dubious research

Source: Treesource In the end, the orange-coated Lorax protesting outside the 2018 International Mass Timber Conference was not the most surprising development that March morning in Portland, Oregon. That came when I visited with the protest’s organizer and asked why Oregon Wild opposes the construction of mass timber buildings. He explained: “We aren’t necessarily opposed […]

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Public comment period opens for Rice Ridge Fire salvage

Source: KPAX SEELEY LAKE – Lolo National Forest managers are beginning to take comment on plans to salvage several thousand acres of timber from last summer’s massive Rice Ridge Fire. The lightning-caused fire scorched over 160,000 acres and was the largest fire in Western Montana last summer. While much of the area is too steep […]

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