Where we all take part in forest planning
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 tool for more cheaply and effectively reducing fuel hazard and restoring ecosystem health. But smoke is a by-product that comes along with restoration as well as wildfires that are tough to put out. I think fire is a double-edged sword. Since fire in most of California is inevitable..."it is not if it will burn, but when"...the challenge is learning how to live with it and managing fire so that it benefits us. What do you think? The billion dollar question needs your help!