For decades, progressive foresters, employed by state and federal forestry departments, have criticized the all-out suppression of fire across our state and national forests. These progressive “upstarts” repeatedly pointed out that fire, much of it caused by lightning, is as much a part of a healthy forest as rain and rich stable soils.
Enlightened foresters understand that forests grow big and tall by fire coming through every so often to burn away a lot of the undergrowth and brush on the forest floors that compete with trees for water and soil nutrients.
After years of catastrophic timber fires forest managers are finally “getting it” that healthy forests need fire – but in manageable doses. So that’s what they’re starting to do with more regularity.
Here’s the story of one such effort in southern Oregon. Click here.