fire buring low to the ground in a conifer forest

Fire Management in Northern California and Oregon By Will Harling,MidKlamath Watershed Council “Indian know, and bye-un-bye White Man say he know too, but Indian say, WHITE MAN YOU KNOW TOO LATE.”—Klamath River Jack, May 27, 1916, in correspondence with U.S. Forest Service Ranger Jim Casey Sometimes it feels too late. Like the boulder has rolled…

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This story originally appeared on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network blog, at fireadaptednetwork.org To have stories like this one on Fire Adaption delivered to your inbox weekly, visit bit.ly/FACNetSubscribe. By Lenya Quinn-Davidson I grew up in the heart of Bigfoot Country. Trinity County, California: a place where stories of Bigfoot encounters are common, even…

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Mattole Restoration Council's Fuels and Fire crew making firewood for the elderly from downed eucalyptus limbs.

By Ali Freedlund, Mattole Restoration Council Picture this: A lovely country lane where multiple residents rumble from their driveways en route to the post office or store. On their way they pass a wall of thick, impenetrable brush and a hillside dense with fuels, until they carefully cross a narrow, one-lane bridge. They just catch…

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A prescribed burn in action—this is the site of the burn that SFI visited on our hike. The burn was completed with the help of Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association, Briceland, Telegraph Ridge, Honeydew and Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Depts., CalFire, Prometheus Fire Consulting, UCCE, NCAQMD, and many others. photo by Matt Cocking

By Anna Rogers, Sanctuary Forest This year we experienced what it’s like to live in the shadow of a gigafire—a fire that burns over a million acres. What began as many small lightning-sparked wildfires rapidly grew into the massive August Complex fire—now the largest fire in modern California history. And it was right in our…

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The WKRP partnership reviews and discusses the effects from prescribed fire in the field. photo by EPIC

Environmental Protection Information Center The time to adapt and live with wildfire is here. Many communities across the west are working toward that goal. The climate crisis is thrusting change upon urban and rural towns alike. As the flames and smoke become more familiar, our relationship with fire must progress. Here in the Pacific Northwest…

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four figures in prescribed burn gear wearing helmets with headlights walk beside a large nighttime prescribed burn.
Firing Boss Joe Jerry (Karuk 1 Handcrew), leads a tribal firing team on the Tishawnik prescribed burn in Orleans, CA on June 22, 2020. Photo by Will Harling

By Will Harling In ten years, the fire ceremonies on Offield Mountain will be restored,And people will see that we made the wild in fire,In ten years, an interconnected series of well planned fuelbreaks,Will allow us to share the inherent risk of managed wildfire and prescribed fire,Everyone will know there is no solution that does…

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close up of a cereus flower
The rare flower of the Night-Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum Oxypetalum). Trees Foundation's Cereus Fund, established in 1998, takes its name from this desert cactus that blooms just one night a year.

A theme of adaptation and perseverance runs through the following updates on projects supported by the Cereus Fund of Trees Foundation in 2020. With planned field trips and gatherings cancelled due to COVID-19, many grassroots environmental organizations supported by the Cereus Fund found other ways to further healthy land stewardship, ecosystem restoration, and environmental advocacy…

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On October 23, 2020, tens of thousands engaged on social media supporting the call for Klamath dam removals, using hashtag #UnDamtheKlamath. That same day, over ten COVID-safe rallies were held in cities and towns demanding that Warren Buffet, the owner of PacifiCorp and the Klamath River dams, keep his promise to remove the dams. The…

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Hayfork Creek, 1963. Close-up of Pacific lamprey moving up steep rocks at natural waterfall, pre-fish ladder. Photo provided by Damon Goodman, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

By Lenya Quinn-Davidson On a typical summer weekend in the late 1990s, you might have found me amid other teenagers, all lounging in the sun a few miles up the road from my house at one of our favorite swimming holes. At this place, the cool waters of Hayfork Creek tumble through a series of…

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