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Fighting future fires

A picture showing several firefighters working on a hillside, digging fireline.
Blue Ridge and Plumas Hot Shots working on the 2021 Dixie Fire in the Lassen National Forest, California. At nearly 1 million acres, the Dixie Fire was the second largest wildfire in California history. Climate change is anticipated to increase the extent of wildfires and firefighting costs on federal lands. USDA Forest Service photo by Cecilio RicardoClimate change…
wildfire, climate change, fuel reduction, drought

Prescribed Burns Restoring National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma to Health

Prescribed fire burns the understory in a forest
Editor’s note: The USDA Forest Service recently announced a 10-year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and improve forest resilience. Increasing fuels treatments will be paramount to create healthier forests and reduce wildfire risk to communities. Forests across the country are implementing these treatments at the scale of the problem mitigate wildfire risk to communities and restore…
wildfire, prescribed fire, partnership, shared stewardship

Planting the Shade You’ll Never Feel

Worker swings a tool during reforestation efforts on an area damaged by the Rim Fire
Editor’s note: The USDA Forest Service’s 10-year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and improve forest resilience isn’t just about mitigating wildfire, it’s also about post fire restoration. Together we work with our partners to reforest areas impacted by wildfire. “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Greek Proverb…
reforestation, wildfire, forest health protection, Confronting the Wildfire Crisis, shared stewardship

The Forest Service has a vision; the Stanislaus National Forest has a Plan

A picture of a flume that is essentially an elevated canal system; a structure make out of wood and used to move large volumes of water through the forest.
Editor’s note: The USDA Forest Service recently announced a 10-year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and improve forest resilience. The agency will work with partners over the next decade to treat up to an additional 20 million acres on National Forest System lands and up to an additional 30 million acres of other Federal, State, Tribal, and private lands. This article highlights how…
Stanislaus National Forest, collaboration, wildfire, fuel reduction

Science says thinned forests are healthy forests

An aerial photo of a forested area.
Overgrown forests are one of the key contributing factors to the current wildfire crisis in the West. The new Forest Service strategy on Confronting the Wildfire Crisis outlines the agency’s plan for increasing fuels and forest health treatments to create healthier forests and reduce the risk to communities. Overgrown forests like the that on the left are a key…
wildfire, science, healthy forests, thinning

Planting new hope in the Umpqua River basin

A picture of a small tree seedling.
A sugar pine seedling grows within the Archie Creek Fire scar. Seedlings are planted in the early spring so they are not damaged by hot and dry summer weather. Forest Service photo by Adrienne BarcasEditor’s note: The USDA Forest Service recently announced a 10-year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and improve forest resilience. Wildfires create more than 80…
restoration, fire, wildfire, forestry, forest health, forest management, vegetation, partnerships, contracts, umpqua
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