Thursday, July 16, 2015

Plans to Manage Eight Zones in CA with Fire

Photo Credit: Jeff Zimmerman
The ongoing extreme drought, now in its fourth year, is changing firefighting strategies. The U.S. Forest Service has just launched plans for each of its 155 national forests for the first time in 33 years. In California, the agency has identified eight zones in the Southern Sierras that should be managed by fire.   

The current situation on our nation's forests has been well described - a buildup of trees and other fuels that allow for mega fires, compromising our firefighters and our way of life.  Fire and land managers are now taking steps towards more active management of the landscape by using natural fire as an ecological tool.  Read more here.

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