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How does forest planning involve and affect "open space"?

Started Apr 12, 2013 0 Replies

With increasing populations in California and development into the wildland urban interface near and within National Forest lands, "open space" is important. Open space provides varied things to…Continue

what is sustainability of ecological integrity?

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Is fire bad or good?

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 2:03pm 13 Comments

Native Americans and others used fire for life survival for thousands of years...burning to improve food, basketry material and to clear travel routes. Then in the past 100 years, Europeans arrived and did an excellent job putting out fires. This has been getting more difficult in key situations lately, and more costly, when it is very dry, windy, terrain is rugged, or vegetation and fuels are dense and continuous.  More recently, many have realized that fires can be a very useful modern…


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At 12:48pm on November 14, 2012, Erica Schachtell said…

great to see you here!!  welcome.   click on 'blog' link in top navigation header, drop down "how to blog" for tips! 



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