Tree Frog Forestry News

U.S. Forest Service Plans to Let Blazes Burn Amid Predictions of Fiery Summer

May 24, 2016

In the 40 years since fires sparked by lightning have been allowed to burn unabated in a section of Yosemite National Park, ecologist Scott Stephens has watched extensive conifer forests grow back as a patchwork of not just trees, but also meadows with wetland plants. y. …As the U.S. Forest Service revises how it manages its 193 million acres — with three forests in California’s Sierra Nevada among the first to implement a new approach — Stephens and other fire scientists are urging it to go forward with plans to allow more fires to burn through dry vegetation. The accumulation of brush and grasses over decades makes it dangerous to try to put out every fire, he and six colleagues wrote in the journal Science last fall. Suppressing fires repeatedly simply promises more disastrous fires in the future.