This article is full of misinformation, untested assumptions, and pejorative language–it is so typical of the way the timber industry and FS have “framed” the issue of fire to justify more logging…
GR: The U. S. Forest Service manages forests to benefit corporations not the land. They use misdirection to justify their unhealthy practices. Some of their BS is made clear in this article by George Wuerthner.
All of Arizona, New Mexico encompassed in weekend warning from National Weather Service Staff Report FRISCO — In what may signify an early start to the western wildfire season, the National Weather… Source: summitcountyvoice.com
Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study.
GR: It seems to me that there are some hidden assumptions that make the results questionable. Perhaps the biggest IF is whether or not thinning to reduce fire danger is occurring. Thinning is often a prelude to tree harvest. IF it is, then the payback period would be increased by thinning.
Chilean Wildfires Ravage Rare Species
Huge firestorms raging across parts of drought-stricken southern Chile have “wiped out” hundreds of rare plant species and threatened wildlife as well, according to environmental advocates.
The article points out that much more is spent on fighter jets than on protecting the country’s natural heritage. In almost every country, our intraspecific wars and fears of war get much more attention and resources than do our wild plants and animals. We have such small brains.
“MY COUNTRY”, a famed poem by Dorothea Mackellar, is known to generations of Australian schoolchildren. They will know by heart the stanza I love a sunburnt…
A report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Bureau of Meteorology project that most parts of Australia will become hotter and dryer. Soils will degrade, fires will increase, drought will continue, and floods will become more common. Meanwhile, prime minister Abbot says it’s all normal, and coal burning should continue.
The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition.
GR: We have hypothesized for many years that fire is a natural, even a necessary, part of stable forests/shrublands. But here we have a test that falsifies the hypothesis. Perhaps we shouldn’t apply a single hypothesis to spatiotemporally complex forests and fires.
Why aren’t there more tests? Should we be checking on the results of controlled and accidental fires to see if the results match our predictions?
March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events is.
GR: Excellent review of news on effects and responses to anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). Covers Earth, water, air, fire, and denial.
Northern Canada is On Fire, And It’s Making Global Warming Worse For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe.
Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres.
The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center.
Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Ter..
GR: Increasing fire occurrence means that a site is more likely to be burned a second time before the vegetation can recover. This quickly leads to a reduction in diversity and stability.