Several consecutive years of damaging fires in Washington state make it clear that we still have work to do to minimize the destruction of life, property and environment that occurs when natural wildfires become catastrophic.
We support science-driven methods for reducing the incidence of catastrophic wildfire.
Our leaders should work toward fire reduction solutions that can show results next year, not next century.
We have some definite ideas of what those solutions are, ideas that come from decades of experience responsibly managing millions of acres of regulated forestland in Washington.
Our new website – HealthyForestFacts.org – delivers the facts about why catastrophic wildfire has increased in recent years and puts forward four guideposts we should steer through on our way to reducing the incidence and severity of complex and devastating fires.
A healthy forest – like a healthy body – requires routine maintenance and preventive care, and in forestry those efforts fall under the heading of active forest management. As with our own health, the choice to do nothing has high costs.