Southern Pine Beetle in New Jersey: NY Times

In Book Club we have been talking about whether scientists still refer to the balance of nature, and equilibrium kinds of conditions. So for the purposes of NCFP, I think it’s interesting to pursue this mystery with stories in real time. Thanks to Dan Botkin for sending this NY Times article: Notice that “scientists say …

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“Unpublished” Interview with Pielke Jr. on Climate and the Typhoon

David Beebe made some statements implying attribution of the recent typhoon to climate change here, which reminded me that I thought these comments by Roger Pielke, Jr. on his blog to be of interest to us. First, there are similarities between the disasters we deal with (fires and floods) and other disasters. I especially like …

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Why We Need to Salvage and Replant the Rim Fire

Greg asked why we should bother with salvage logging on the Rim Fire, and I tried to explain how bear clover would dominate landscapes. He also seemed confused about modern salvage projects, here in California. Everything, here in California, is fuels-driven, as wildfires happen up to 13 times per century, in some places in the …

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Science Policy Forum: Managing Forests and Fire in Changing Climate

Scientists claim policy focused on fire suppression only delays the inevitable. Read more here. The opening paragraph and names of the authors are below. With projected climate change, we expect to face much more forest fire in the coming decades. Policymakers are challenged not to categorize all fires as destructive to ecosystems simply because they …

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Idaho Statesman: Wildfires snare even managed areas

You can read Rocky Barker’s entire article here. Below are some highlights. Emmett logger Tim Brown had just completed the White Flat timber sale on the Boise National Forest near Prairie when the Elk Complex Fire burned through in early August, destroying most of the remaining trees. “That timber sale completely burned up,” said Dave …

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SO MUCH FOR RESTORATION TO HISTORICAL NORMS

Gil sent this in and suggested it as a new thread.. but I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition with this piece in the Denver Post on Park Service fire policy. Otherwise, park officials prefer to herd fires where they want them to go and allow blazes to burn out on their own. It’s a …

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Yosemite Wildfire Study

While browsing for historical fire maps, I ran across this interesting study of Yosemite wildfire issues. I scanned some of the study and felt it would be useful information. http://staff.washington.edu/jlutz/Publications/Lutz_vanWagtendonk_Thode_Miller_Franklin_Climate_Fire_IJWF_2009.pdf I didn’t know that there are fewer individual and less severe wildfires in the early season, due to snowpack’s effect on thunderstorm development. The Forest …

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Renewable energy in the West on track to be cost-competitive with fossil fuels — without subsidies

Bob Berwyn had this post which I found interesting..being from Golden, it’s hard for me not to be optimistic about transitioning to a low carbon economy in the next couple of decades. Here’s a link. Energy is related to our usual business for a number of reasons; can occur on public land, climate change is …

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USFS Fire Lab and Wuerthner: Wind Drives All Large Blazes

Below are excerpts from a couple of articles about the fact that wind and weather conditions drive all large wildfires. From the Missoulian: Larry Bradshaw was riding his motorcycle down U.S. Highway 12 on Monday afternoon when he noted the building smoke and stiffening winds. It was an acute observation for a meteorologist who has …

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Climate Change and Fire Management Implications

I realized that many readers might be interested in this research synthesis and not be following comments (I found this in response to a comment by John Persell) so here it is. I think folks are pretty aware of current climate thinking and its impacts on fire. There is even a handy synthesis for managers …

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