Thursday, June 23, 2016

Recreating Forests of the Past Isn't Enough to Fix Our Wildfire Problems

The "Flagstaff Model" of restoration works well in some areas, but not in others such as chaparral shrublands. Photo: Stephen Pyne. 

Stephen Pyne, Regents Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, lends his thoughts and consideration to the theory that restoration of forests is the answer to out-of-whack wildlands with bigger, hotter, more savage wildfires than in the past.  

He suggests that "active restoration has proved trickier." It's "more controversial, and more limited than advocates assumed. It works, but not everywhere, and not everyone wants it."

Pyne submits that in the West, fire officers are pushing away from the former restoration ideal into something akin to a resilience model.  Many fires allow for varied responses such as those that can be loosely herded with selective firefights and burnouts along perimeters - one way to get good fire on the ground. 

"In a way, it's a pragmatic solution, replacing a goal (restoration) that we can't agree on, with a process - returned fire - that we can."
Read full article here

No comments:

Post a Comment