10 Aug '18, 1pm

Does logging actually prevent wildfires, like @SecretaryZinke suggests? Don't bet on it:

Does logging actually prevent wildfires, like @SecretaryZinke suggests? Don't bet on it:

Wildfires are growing larger and more destructive than ever before due to climate change, drought, a lack of funding for prevention programs and other factors. This makes wildfire an especially pressing issue. Unfortunately, it is frequently misunderstood. Especially with more and more people moving and building homes closer to wildlands, it is vital that we separate wildfire myths and facts. 1. Myth: Logging forests prevents wildfires Reality: On a basic level, this argument is sensible; after all, fewer trees means less fire fuel, right? But it's not so simple. Studies have actually found that fires burn more intensely in forests that have been logged. One reason is that the tree remnants left behind in the wake of a logging operation (limbs and tree tops, typically) form a kind of super-charged bed of surface fuel that is dried out thanks to the lack of forest canopy ov...

Full article: https://wilderness.org/blog/5-big-myths-about-wildfire

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