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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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Photo from a special heat triggered video camera in insulated stainless steel box in untreated riparian area on the Aspen Fire. Part of work by Fire Behavior Assessment Team (google FBAT Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team). Good info. to…
Sep 6, 2013
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"I would think that our preparedness should be for making the forest prepared for the greatest magnitude event.  Buildings need to be treated.  So, the forest must be treated to avoid the greatest magnitude event.  It is not enough to…"
Aug 24, 2013
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"I have been watching fires this year from near and far. I was at the Aspen fire and saw intense crown fire to mosaic surface fire. This fire is different. Question this makes me think of...is treating around the building enough? Is wearing a seat…"
Aug 22, 2013
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Rim fire burning behind Groveland Ranger Station on Stanislaus National Forest. August 2013
Aug 22, 2013
Colleen McGuire Norris commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's group OurFirePlace
"Joann, as an animal services employee, I helped rescue many animals from wild land fires. I also helped write animal rescue plans. It is extremely important to follow all the California Division of Forestry and US Forest Service Guidelines for…"
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What is your view of fire in the national forests and wildland urban interface? Have you ever witnessed a wildland fire? Had one that came near your home or business? were you prepared? How? What do you think we should do about forest fires?See More
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Jun 25, 2013
Colleen McGuire Norris commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"I got a chance to look over the chart Eric added on March 13. Looks like the Native Americans and the Harvesters saved us from some wildfires in the past. There must be a strategy that could incorporate all historic scenarios to manage fire better."
Jun 21, 2013
Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"Thanks Erik, I look forward to seeing that. I was just adding to the final bioregional assessment yesterday and writing about some other examples of Native American burning to enhance habitat, among other purposes! Globally, humans have used fire…"
Jun 21, 2013
Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"Colleen, actually, fire resilience is paramount..but that ties in directly with native species. It turns out that the tree with regeneration that has been lost the most with fire suppression, ponderosa pine, is also the most resilient to fire, and…"
Jun 21, 2013
Erik Piikkila commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"Speaking of Good Fire.  There was an excellent report last night on Canadian Broadcasting Corp (  CBC ) about new and recent First Nations burning of forests to create grasslands and forage for Bison in Fort Nelson ( in the very NE corner…"
Jun 21, 2013
Colleen McGuire Norris commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"Thank you Jo Ann. I know when replanting first started, it wasn't always with an eye toward restoring native habitat or fire resistant species. It was sometimes toward renewable resources (in the case of logging) and erosion control.…"
Jun 20, 2013
Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"Colleen, you are correct, large cedars have thick bark that make them fire resistant. Even more fire resistant are ponderosa and jeffrey pine, and black oak (which sprouts back). Folks have definitely looked at this and one good place where there is…"
Jun 20, 2013
Colleen McGuire Norris commented on Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman's blog post Is fire bad or good?
"I've read that cedars are fire resistant. I've notice in the Kern Plateau area which was heavily logged, at one time, there are a few giant cedar trees that are remaining. It looks like fire blew through very rapidly and took out the pines…"
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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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