Native forests are as diverse as native rangelands or any other healthy ecosystem.
Like rangelands, forests produce oxygen, sequester carbon, provide wildlife habitat and play a role in the water cycle.
As a source of lumber and wood products such as paper, much of our forest land particularly through the southeast has been converted to a monoculture of softwood pines, managed under industrial systems. It has produced a glut of softwood and timber stands that are in declining health.
In national forests, the mixed timber stands tend to suffer from benign neglect. Bowing to pressure from outside groups with little understanding of nature’s processes, the forest managers “preserve” the forests by simply leaving them alone. Lack of thinning, a proliferation of undergrowth make them the forests prime targets for disease and uncontrolled fire.
Forests, like rangelands, benefit from managers who consider the big picture and manage for balance.
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Wildlife Using a Log Bridge in Pennsylvania
This multi-season video shows bears, deer, bobcats, grouse, beavers and many other species crossing or swimming under a log which has fallen across a Pennsylvania stream. Credit: Robert Bush.
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Well-Employed During the Crisis: Landscaping Goats
Property owners worried about fire dangers should be considering goats and mechanical clearing as a safer and cheaper alternative to costly, dangerous and very unpopular prescribed burns. In addition to safety and cost, goats […]
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Quoting the article below, “Livestock grazing is also proposed as a potential solution for wildfires such as those that have devastated several western states this year. Researchers with the University of California Cooperative Extension are […]
A Tale of Two States: How California’s Low Wildfire Premiums Burned Homeowners
As explained in the article below, in response to massive wildfire outbreaks California tried to mandate low wildfire insurance premiums. This turned out to be as disastrous for homeowners as state and federal agency “management” […]
Biologist Tomas Hulik spent more than 300 days and nights in the wild riverine forest along the river March, separating Slovakia and Austria. After that, Rachel, the matron of this beaver territory, allowed him to […]
Neighbors Spread the Word to Slow the Destructive Spread of Fires
As described in the article below, small controlled fires and mechanical clearing in residential areas, like this one in Jackson Hole, is a vast improvement on the widespread lack of fire management within these areas—and […]
Burned, Beetle-ravaged Wyoming Forest Expected to Flourish
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What is described in the article below is how competing priorities are paralyzing common sense ways to address the forest decline that everyone wishes to halt. Declining forest health and catastrophic wildfires are symptoms […]
Due to well-intentioned “hands off” forest management practices – often intended to help wildlife – our national forests are accumulating highly flammable understory material faster than nature can cycle it away. The well-meaning prescription […]
Idaho Fish and Game cameras capture wildlife in Idaho’s Purcell Mountains. This remote and rugged range extends north into British Columbia where its upper reaches offer some of the continent’s most famous mountaineering and powder […]
Idaho Fish and Game posted this video with these comments: Every year Idaho Fish and Game Biologists place GPS collars on grizzly bears to learn about their reproduction, survival, and distribution. A recently retrieved […]
Fire-Protection Plans Hit Red Tape, Then the Flames Came
Over time, our beautiful, once-productive public forests have become overgrown, money-losing firetraps. Everybody knows what needs to be done, but government regulations and ideological disputes prevent common sense remedies—many of which cost nothing. When […]
Releasing Beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, 5-Miles from Yellowstone Park
This video of Pitchstone Waters’ second beaver release during the summer of 2020 contains excellent remarks by staff of the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Releasing Beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, near […]