Beetle killed trees lie on the burned ground of the Beaver Creek Fire in Walden, CO. We continue to see a paradigm shift in the firefighting strategy across the West. The Beaver Creek Fire is providing an opportunity to learn about how fires behave on beetle killed landscapes, how the strategy of point protection can..
Photo: www.sagegrouseinitiative.com Building on the successful plans and proven models to conserve sagebrush habitat for the over 350 species of wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) have agreed to a partnership effort to help maintain the West’s “sagebrush sea.”The five-year, up to $5 million from the BLM..
The Utah Department of Natural Resources’ newly developed, interactive site — www.utahwildfirerisk.com — allows users to search for and zoom into particular neighborhoods or recreation areas on a statewide map to see the wildfire risk in that zone. “It’s going to change the conversation about wildfires,” said Utah State Forester Brian Cottam. The idea behind the map,..
Those living in the Wildland-Urban Interface have both a greater risk and responsibility for living with wildland fire. Here is a tool to help policy makers and use planners identify areas where housing units intersect with wildland areas. Take a look: This summer, like many summers in the U.S., the news has been full of..
Photo: www.louisbacon.com Chris Topik, Director of NA Forest Conservation with The Nature Conservancy penned an insightful blog about getting serious with the implementation of the Cohesive Strategy. In summary, Topik writes, “In recent years, bemoaning our severe fire seasons has become an all-too common annual lament, heard from the coffee shop to Congress.” The National..