Study: Fuels Treatment in Western Forests Has Limited Effect
Idaho Mountain Express (June 30, 2017)

 A review of more than 100 studies on various aspects of wildfire has concluded that thinning and logging of Western forests has had little impact on the frequency or severity of wildfires.

The paper, titled “Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes,” was written by 12 authors from universities around the West, including one from the University of Idaho. It was published in the May 2 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The authors advocate an “adaptive resilience” approach to addressing wildfires, which would allow the forest environment, human communities and firefighting strategies to evolve in response to more fires and climate change.

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