Firefighters and many studies attribute intensive forest forestry projects to helping rescue communities recent threatened by Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, but the dissent of some conservation groups has rocked the scientific community.

Western US states and the federal government cut thousands of acres of dense timber every year, cutting wide trails of trees near remote communities all intended to slow the spread of extensive wildfires.

Projects aim to try to restore shrubblised forests as they were more than a century ago, before the land managers began to kill any wildfire as quickly as they possibly could.

Efforts now involve use of fire fighting, intentionally putting fires on in the colder season, more humid months to burn off dangerous fuels or fires that backfire to trigger wildfire.

Forest managers ascribe the scorched earth as helping protect the giant forests of Sequoia National Park, which are threatened with severe fire-fighting.

The Klamath Tribes and the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service said the treatment slowed the fire’s spread and reduced its intensity, though critics said the fire had made its fastest north-to-north run through that area, propagating more than 5 miles in about 13 hours.

Some forest felling has been incorrectly managed, he said, but “anywhere that we’ve done an effective fuels treatment, we have modified fire behavior and reduced the intensity.”

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is a fire department of the California Natural Resources Agency in California, United States. (wikipedia)

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Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit membership organization known for its work protecting endangered species through legal action, scientific petitions, (wikipedia)


A wildfire, bushfire, wild land fire or rural fire is an unplanned, unwanted, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural areas and urban areas. (wikipedia)

John Muir College

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Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest is a United States national forest in southern and central California. Administered by the United States Forest Service, (wikipedia)

Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada north-south and is approximately 70 miles across east–west. Notable features include General Sherman, the largest tree in the world by volume; Lake Tahoe, (wikipedia)

John Muir

John Muir also known as “John of the Mountains” and “Father of the National Parks”, was an influential Scottish-American: 42 naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, botanist, zoologist, (wikipedia)

James Johnston (Secretary of State)

James Johnston , of Orleans House, Twickenham, Middlesex, was a Scottish diplomat who was envoy extraordinary to Prussia from 1690 to 1692 and an office holder who was Secretary of State, (wikipedia)

Shoshone National Forest

Shoshone National Forest is the first federally protected National Forest in the United States and covers nearly 2,500,000 acres in the state of Wyoming. (wikipedia)

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Pier Fire

The Pier Fire was a wildfire that burned near Springville and in the Sequoia National Forest, in California in the United States. The fire was reported on August 29, 2017. (wikipedia)

national forests of the United States

The United States has 154 protected areas known as national forests, covering 188,336,179 acres . National forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. (wikipedia)

Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act of 1992

The Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act of 1992 is a Federal law that established five new designated Wilderness Areas and three new designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Los Padres (wikipedia)

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team based in San Diego. The Padres compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division. (wikipedia)

Wildfire suppression

Wildfire suppression is a range of firefighting tactics used to suppress wildfires. Firefighting efforts in wild land areas require different techniques, equipment, (wikipedia)