Russel Barsh Presents:
“To burn or not to burn: Preparing for future wildfires”.
Longer summer dry spells in the islands increase the risk of late summer wildfires like we have seen in eastern Washington, central BC and western Oregon. Some land managers want to burn our forests preemptively arguing that this will also benefit native plants. Others argue for hand-clearing or logging. KWIAHT ecologist Russel Barsh reviews the history of fires in the islands from the Native American period to the present and describes a third option involving landscaping with living firebreaks: dense hedges of attractive native plants that stay most in summer and tend not to burn.