A pretty good layman’s overview of the issues in “the war against wildfire.”
I’m interested how planning can help, including for both regulation and restoration. On the latter, this comment on the Nature Conservancy suggests a realistic approach: “the Nature Conservancy and its partners are looking at a lot of different factors that will help them determine which 15 percent (at most) they’ll actually try to restore. The key, he says, will be choosing the land strategically.” I wonder what weight is given to the factors of effectiveness vs. ecological implications vs. cost-recovery. And I think the Forest Service ought to be having a discussion of these strategic considerations in a public forum when it revises its forest plans. I’ve often gotten the impression that the agency intends to restore everything everywhere without the budget to do so, so it puts a priority on cost-recovery.