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We’re Entering an Era of Mega-Fire

Source: Outside Online A new book by Heather Hansen explores the complicated world of wildland-urban interface firefighting as it unfolded in the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, Colorado On July 9, 2016, two hitchhikers camping illegally on private land north of Nederland, Colorado, piled rocks onto a campfire that they hadn’t fully extinguished. Shortly after, […]

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What the Wildfire Funding Fix Means for Recreation

Source: REI Following the devastating and deadly wildfires of 2017, federal lawmakers agreed last week—after years of negotiation—to change the way wildland firefighting is funded. Congress included the reform as part of the $1.3 trillion spending bill, which President Trump signed into law on Friday. The funding fix helps avoid “fire borrowing” and treats large-scale […]

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Climate Change Theory

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen Climate Change caused by human activity is a theory.  Is it possible that human activity is influencing the earth’s climate? Sure.  Is it probable that it’s having an effect on our climate? It seems likely.  That doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a theory.  Basing a movement […]

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Save our national forests with a simple fire funding fix

Source: Denver Post It should be a simple nonpartisan fix to a budgeting issue that every year strips the U.S. Forest Service of its ability to adequately manage millions of acres of federal land and the trails, roads and structures that allow Americans to enjoy their forests. Instead, for more than two decades the issue […]

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The Faces of Fire

Source: Esme Cadiente Photography Heartwarming perspective about our firefighters! “We protect communities from wildfire, promote healthy forests, and restore ecological integrity.” This is Us. We are firefighters. We are mothers, brothers, sisters and fathers. We are scientists, lawyers, judges, machine workers, engineers, photographers, massage therapists, volunteers, and lovers of the outdoors. We come together to protect […]

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This Tiny Beetle Is Devastating Forests in the Worst Outbreak Ever

Source: National Geographic Click here to watch the video Despite being smaller than a grain of rice, mountain pine beetles are causing big problems for pine forests across North America. Bark beetle colonies feed and reproduce on the inner bark of ponderosa and limber pines, wreaking deadly havoc on the tree’s ability to circulate nutrients […]

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Hybrid mountain pine beetles set to spread more easily

Source: Phys.org A hybrid population of mountain pine beetles is set to do further damage to one of Canada’s most iconic regions. Using genetic tools, University of Alberta conservation biologists found that the mountain pine beetles in Jasper National Park have an increased genetic diversity, providing the already adaptive species with more opportunity to adapt and survive […]

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Former Forest Service leaders call for Western wildfire commission

Source: Treesource It’s not the way we fight wildfires in the West that’s the problem. The problem is the way we manage our fire-dependent forests. Since 2000, 154 wildfires in the region have cost over $20 million each to control. Many of them cost several times more. Together, these costliest fires, which were less than one-tenth of […]

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A History of Wood Floors

handscraped wood flooring

Source: The Craftsman’s Blog History Flooring, just like everything else in the home had very humble beginnings. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, and that was typically slate or other local stones. Royalty were the first to enjoy the comforts of wood floors. These first wood floors were hand-scraped and literally “sanded.” The […]

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Montana senators want to end ‘fire borrowing’ to ensure enough money is available to fight fires

Source: Billings Gazette  The 2017 wildfire season was the most expensive ever, and many members of Congress want to ensure money is always accessible for the U.S. Forest Service to fight blazes. Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines hopes to change the Forest Service funding mechanism of “fire borrowing.” The senator wants to package funding […]

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