August 2017 has covered much of the West with a blanket of smoke. Although the media has been portraying this as coming from the BC fires, there are fires throughout the region and there’s bound to be more. This is unfortunate for everyone and our forests.
The topic of wildfire raises the level of awareness of our forests. Some of this is good. People become aware and then they are compelled to act. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if they are going to act in the right manner.
Wildfire in the West
In the fire-prone forests of the Intermountain West, fire is part of life. These forests have adapted to survive regular fire intervals for centuries. Ponderosa Pines and Western Larch are prime examples of species that are specifically capable of withstanding significant fire. Unfortunately, some of our actions have put even the most capable trees at risk. These actions and subsequent inactions have put entire forests and massive ecosystems at risk.
This medium is very important for sharing information and ideas about how we can successfully manage our forests. Writing stories and posting pictures helps transport readers where the issue is front and center, the forest. Forest Videos are the next step.
The world is changing around us and we must change our behavior and actions to keep up. We live in a video dominated world. Theforestblog has created a YouTube channel and will be creating video content. These videos will focus on many of the topics you see here. Like this one: