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Mission Statement
Communities for Healthy Forests was founded to inform the public, natural resource managers and policy makers about catastrophic stand clearing events in public forests caused by fire and other disasters. Communities for Healthy Forests exists to illustrate and explain the benefits of applying the best scientifically supported prescriptions for restoring health to overgrown forests and to rehabilitate severely damaged forests promptly following such events.
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The fires of last summer have long since  been extinguished. Whether in southern Oregon, where the devastating Douglas Complex Fire burned nearly 50,000 acres of federal and private timberland, or in California where the largest fires in California history raged last summer or anywhere else where unnaturally large fires destroyed forestland, the story is essentially the same. Most of us have...
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Editorials and letters to the editors make it obvious that there are a number of groups that communicate with language designed to polarize public opinion using supposed economic and scientific information selectively to further their efforts to gridlock actions on forest management.  Unfortunately these actions are very divisive and have severe negative effects on federal agency management...
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HEAT + DROUGHT +EXCESSIVE FUEL LOADING +EXCESSIVE LADDER FUELS +DENSE TREE STANDS = CONFLAGRATIONS LIKE NEVER SEEN BEFORE BY HUMANS SINCE HUMANS CREATED THIS FUEL CONDITION STARTING BACK IN THE 1890’S. For tens of thousands of years, natural lightning-caused fire was a normal part of our forest ecology, cleansing the forest of the perpetual accumulation of fire prone fuels with low burning...
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The startling facts of the real impact of catastrophic wildfires on greenhouse gas emissions should get the attention of lawmakers and leaders.  In 2007 Dr. Thomas Bonnickson developed the Forest Carbon Emissions Model to quantify the emissions from the Angora Fire in California.  The equation is simple. You calculate the volume of wood burned and the greenhouse gas (CO2, Nitrous Oxide and...
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When you think of preventing forest fires, chances are Smokey the Bear comes to mind. Smokey Bear has been the face of America’s forest fire policies, policies that haven’t changed in nearly a century. But has the Smokey the Bear campaign failed us? In recent years rising temperatures and drought combined with a buildup of forest tender and overgrowth has led to massive wildfires that are...
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