Power Fire 2014

We’ve seen pictures of the Power Fire, on the Eldorado National Forest, before. I worked on salvage sales until Chad Hanson won in the Ninth Circuit Court, with issues about the black-backed woodpecker. The court decided that the issue needed more analysis, as well as deciding that the Forest Service’s brand new mortality guidelines were …

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Aerial view of the 1987 Complex Fire Salvage

I took this shot while flying with a Forest Service buddy in 1989. I am pretty sure that this is Forest Service land, near the Groveland Ranger District office. When I worked there in 1990, the Timber Management Officer was still angry at the less-than-aggressive post-fire salvage efforts that allowed so many “brain dead” trees …

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Democrats Comment Against Forest Thinning

Here is an early July LA Times article that, apparently, says that only Republicans are seeking to thin our forests, as we watch our forests burn. Clearly, this is a tactic to rile up their mostly Democratic readers. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gop-fire-hearings-20130703,0,2185679.story Yes, it did rile them up, as evidenced by the wild comments. Here are a few …

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The Return of Let-Burn

Sadly, we get the same results as we’ve gotten in the past. When you “preserve” wildfires for weeks, the winds eventually come up and fires can (and will) escape. Now, all sorts of scarce resources will be tied up for an unknown amount of time, impacting other current and future wildfires, during an intense heatwave. …

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New Study Shows the Value of Active Forest Management

Yes, we have already seen what happens with a hands-off, “whatever happens” strategy. I haven’t read the article all the way through but, this appears to solidify the importance of managing our forests, and the fire dangers within. The are four entire pages of citations, plenty of pictures and some very convincing common sense recommendations …

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Utah’s High Elevation Mortality

This picture is located within the Cedar Breaks National Monument, where conifer mortality is quite excessive. There is really not much that can be done with this situation, other than spending lots of money to fell, pile and burn. Within the Dixie National Forest, this mortality dominates the upper elevations. Even at this altitude of …

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Crater Lake’s Dying Forest and Whitebark Breeding

Check out this Oregon Public Broadcasting video. This tells the story of whitebark at Crater Lake National Park. I thought it was interesting that this ecologist felt that having tree species are important to the ecosystem (we sometimes have this discussion, trees or no trees, does it matter?). The story claims that until the Crater …

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Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species

Good to share with your local urban tree aficionados.. Practical Advice for Using Insect-Killed Trees Resource Guide for Forestry Professionals Developed by U.S. Forest Service, University of Minnesota Duluth MADISON, Wis. – Millions of dead and dying trees in the United States must be properly used or disposed of as a result of the devastating …

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When Trees Die, People Die (from the Atlantic)

The curious connection between an invasive beetle that has destroyed over 100 million trees, and subsequent heart disease and pneumonia in the human populations nearby Again, scientists are discovering things that mystics and poets have sensed for thousands of years. From the Atlantic here, excerpt below. Something else, less readily apparent, may have happened as …

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Aspen Decline PNAS Study

There have been many stories about this but this one I could find easily: Drought May Be Causing Aspen Tree Die-Off Trees Developing Embolisms, Researchers Say Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer DENVER — A mysterious malady has killed off nearly one-fifth of Colorado’s aspens. But forest ecologists have struggled to explain the widespread die-off, known as …

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