|Prescribed fire in northern California. Photo: MKWC|
Environmental groups, federal and state agencies have formed a partnership to increase the use of prescribed fires to improve the health of California's forests and watersheds and minimize the effects of increasingly devastating wildfires.
The agreement signed by the Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and others, will enable the sharing of resources and expertise among the signatories.
"This allows us to bring key parties together and have a more organized approach to addressing some of the impediments that we face on using fire to restore our natural landscapes," said Jim Branham, Executive Officer for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Prescribed fires are not without controversy because of the air pollution they create but the groups and agencies involved agreed to find ways to better manage smoke during controlled burns. They also agreed to train personnel in agencies that don't have the staff for prescribed burn because of strained resources. Read more here.