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By Jason Leppig / On August 22nd, 2017

A new study from the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres suggests that naturally caused forest fires emit three times as much pollution as previously...

By Richard Waring, Joe Landsberg / On January 30th, 2017

For a long time we ecologists thought that we could predict not only how forests would grow but also how their composition was likely to change over time.  And we could predict the effects of management actions: for example, If we chose to thin stands of...

By Joe Landsberg, Richard Waring / On December 19th, 2016

Most people now accept that the world’s climate is changing rapidly as a result of human activities — mainly the direct emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat radiating from the earth, causing the temperature of our small blue planet...

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By Edward Struzik / On November 24th, 2015

Ted Schuur has spent the better part of his career making the connection between climate change and wildfires that are burning an increasing amount of land in Alaska and in sub-Arctic and Arctic forests around the world. So the Northern Arizona...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On April 22nd, 2015

Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon.

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On September 4th, 2014

Editor’s note: Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. To commemorate the anniversary, we asked a small group of Island Press authors to reflect on the influence of this law to date and how its role may or should...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On December 13th, 2013

For over two decades, I have studied forests from Oregon's amazing coastal rainforests to the fire-adapted forests of the West. In dry forests, there are three issues that reoccur every fire season: (1) forests will burn regardless of what we do; (2)...

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By Jason Leppig / On November 1st, 2013

This Friday, get some history about the 1988 fires that devastated Yellowstone. Rocky Barker, environmental reporter for the Idaho...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On October 22nd, 2013

From the Sacramento Bee Viewpoints: Fires can be restorative, unlike heavy logging

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By Admin, Jason Leppig / On December 12th, 2012

This week’s pick is from Lauren Koshere: “How’s the Park lookin’ these days,” asks a gravelly voice on the other end of the telephone line, “after they let those fires ruin the place?” As a reservations agent for in Yellowstone National Park, I answer...