Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stephen Pyne Suggests Managing Wildfires is the Only Way

Fire near Hayfork, CA in August 2015.  Photo: Mark Thiessen/National Geographic Creative
In an introduction to Stephen Pyne's new book, Between Two Fires, this article sums up Pyne's historical account of a fire policy of prevention to today's restoration burning. The author recounts Pyne's beliefs that while the Forest Service and other agencies have long recognized that frequent, relatively small fires can reduce the risk of large, catastrophic burns, they have been unable to restore a natural cycle of fire to the forest. Pyne suggests that prescribed fire will never be enough and a strategy of managing wildfires is our only shot at large scale restoration.  Read more here

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