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How can we learn to live with fire?

Source: Treesource by David Atkins Forests and fire, two words often linked together. Are they good or bad? Or is fire like wind or rain or floods, and context and perspective are what really matter? I have heard people argue about whether Smokey Bear is a great communication tool for educating people about the dangers of wildfire […]

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Wildfire in the West

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen  The topic of wildfire raises the level of awareness of our forests.  Some of this is good.  People become aware and then they are compelled to act.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure if they are going to act in the right manner. Wildfire in the West In the fire-prone […]

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Living (Dangerously) in an Era of Megafires | Paul Hessburg | TEDxBend

Source: Tedx Talks We have all seen the news–hotter summers, and bigger, badder wildfires. What’s going on? How did we get here?Paul tells a fast-paced story of western US forests–unintentionally yet massively changed by a century of management. He relates how these changes, coupled with a seriously hotter climate, have set the stage for this […]

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Trees communicate underground, and it could save their lives

Source: Treesource Think back to a time when you were deep in the forest, surrounded by silence. The tranquility. The pop of a twig underfoot. The rustle of leaves. The sound of your own heartbeat. Little did you know that just beneath your feet, the trees were chattering away. Long conversations, the sort that give meaning […]

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Active Management and Prescribed Fire

Source: The Forest Blog By Russ Vaagen There’s a great deal of talk in today’s forest management circles about the use of prescribed fire as a tool to manage forests.  Fire can certainly be a great tool to reduce forest fuels and maintain tree spacing.  It’s been used by mother nature for eons.  So much […]

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The Time for Forest Management is Now

Source: Congressman Bruce Westerman As the only Forester in Congress, I understand the mutually beneficial relationship that trees have to our economy and our environment. However, as a result of decades of no management, we have lliterally loved our trees to death. How so? The previous decision not to manage our federal forests has led […]

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Wildfires pollute much more than previously thought

Source: Science Daily Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed. Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that […]

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How to restore a forest? Start with a chainsaw

Source: Yakima Herald A new collaborative approach hopes to show responsible environmental stewardship can boost the health of Washington’s forests and the state’s regional economies. Efforts to work together toward the common goal of improving the forest trace back to the formation of the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative in 2007. Its focus continued to narrow […]

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Does Salvaging Scorched Trees Hurt the Environment?

Source: www.theatlantic.com Removing trees killed by fires might not be as damaging to forests as previously thought. When a forest burns, the aftermath is a post-apocalyptic landscape of smoldering black trunks. The forest’s managers, whether they work for the U.S. Forest Service or for private companies, sometimes send in heavy machinery to harvest the dead […]

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Eco-Friendly Fabric Is Made From Wood Fibers

Source: www.asicentral.com Spinnova, as the company is called, has invented a technology that transforms wood fibers directly into yarn. Why is that a big deal? Well, making apparel is a bit of a nasty business. Gargantuan water consumption can strain natural resources, while chemicals used in the clothing creation process can cause pollution. However, the […]

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