Prospect of federal wildfire reform isn’t over yet

by Ashley Bach The last-minute failure of Congress to pass timber reform and wildfire reform last month was well documented. Instead of passing legislation that would have increased the management of our federal forests and changed the way our country pays to fight wildfires, Congress passed a stop-gap increase of… Read the full article …

‘Zombie’ trees are not the Halloween treat states deserve

by Ashley Bach The idea of zombie trees might seem too good to be true given that it’s Halloween, but the situation is all too true in Washington and Oregon. Analysis in both states show there is an alarming number of dead “zombie” trees, especially on federal forestland. The Oregon… Read the full article …

Scientific panel endorses prescribed burns, active management to break catastrophic fire cycle

The worst of Washington’s wildfire season seems to be over, although stubborn blazes still burn in parts of the state. With the memory of two consecutive years of record-breaking catastrophic fires still fresh, researchers are not hesitating to offer scientific insights on changes to forest policy that could help us… Read the full article …

Wildfires place focus on prevention measures

by Ashley Bach As Washington faces one of its worst wildfire seasons ever, including the largest fire in state history, attention is turning back to the wildfire budget requests made earlier this year by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. Goldmark asked the Legislature for $20 million for forest thinning… Read the full article …

Cattlemen ask White House to lead on reform of federal forests

Large portions of the West have been hit hard by a wildfire season of record-setting destructive power. The damage caused by the fires to homes, businesses and the environment is bringing more people to demand action to improve the health of federal forests that are believed to be a common… Read the full article …