The Fine Science of Wildfire Reduction

Residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin are upset by what they feel is excessive cutting of trees, as part of the fuel reduction project on 209 acres in the Meyers area. Since 2007’s Angora fire, fuel suppression has reached unprecedented levels thanks to political awareness of the threat of wildfires.

In an article on HYPERLINK "http://www.theunion.com" www.theunion.com, Adam Jensen says the forests in the area are unnaturally dense, unhealthy and pose a great risk of wildfires. Thanks to political awareness of wildfires, funding has allowed wildfire suppression projects to go forward, including fuel reduction – fuel being trees.

Residents are concerned that cutting down too many trees will be at the expense of other forest benefits, like wildlife habitat, privacy, erosion control and air quality, says the article. They also say the tree-cutting is diminishing the mountain lifestyle they enjoy.

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team insists, however, that each fuel reduction project goes through an extensive environmental review before proceeding, and that in several years the area will again be lush with vegetation and in a healthier state.

“Fire suppression has stopped periodic, low-intensity fires from coming through the basin, allowing new growth to flourish and create the existing, unnaturally dense, situation,” says the article.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.theunion.com/article/20100820/NEWS/100819672/1002&parentprofile=1053