For the last century, the United States has maintained a policy of excluding fires from forests, quickly suppressing fires to prevent them from spreading. Though this minimized the damage from wildfires on our communities, the policy created conditions for even more severe wildfires, some of which we are witnessing today.
Check out the web story below describing the history of wildfire in the United States, how trees have been affected and what the future of fire management and forest health look like. Find out what we are doing to restore forests now and reduce the risk of devastating wildfires in the future.
Unlike the large wildfires burning across the West this summer, these are intentionally set fires designed to protect communities and restore forests.
The federal government will now be able to use disaster relief dollars to pay for fighting catastrophic wildfires, which will fund wildfire suppression like other natural disasters.
What can trees tell us about wildfire and healthy forests? Check out our web story to find out!
A controlled burn on private forest land that is designed to protect the town of Roslyn and improve forest health is being planned for the week of Oct. 2 as part of a fire learning exchange in North Central Washington.
Controlled burning, is a time-tested and effective tool that maximizes the benefits that low-intensity fire can provide within a variety of landscapes.
Devastating fires continue to burn across our state. But we’ve now had our first look at roughly 1,800 acres of Nature Conservancy land that burned in the Jolly Mountain Fire
With fires raging across the state, our first concern right now is the safety of people, including our staff, community members and firefighters.
Learn how we are setting the stage for healthier forests and safer, more economically vibrant communities.
Banner photo by Slantyhouse Productions.