Forests Aflame: Strategies and Challenges for Managing Fire in the West

November 16, 2013

Wildfires in western forests have become uncharacteristically severe, large, and frequent as a result of past forest management practices. Forests that historically benefited from natural wildfire are now being destroyed by these changing patterns. Today, we have the forest management tools to promote healthier, fire-safe forests. But challenges to using these tools at large landscape levels include social acceptance, global warming, and regional carbon balances.