How to make forest more resilient to fire


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A severe fire, left to burn instead of suppressed, cleared an area of forest in the Illilouette Creek Basin in Yosemite National Park, allowing it to become a wetland. Wetlands and meadows provide natural firebreaks that make the area less prone to catastrophic fires.
Credit: Scott Stephens, UC Berkeley

Wildfire management vs. fire suppression benefits forest and watershed

Long-term experiment in Yosemite shows managing fires can help make forest more resilient to fire

October 24, 2016
University of California – Berkeley
An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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