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Logging the Forests to Save Them

Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson

in Living with Fire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255890
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255890.003.0005
Logging the Forests to Save Them

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This chapter discusses the shift in fire policy adopted by the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It describes the Healthy Forests Initiative, a policy that advocates fuel reduction as a means of protecting communities from wildfire and for restoring the health of mismanaged forests. It also discusses some policy and regulation changes associated with the Healthy Forests Initiative. The Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA), in particular, facilitated fuel reduction through mechanical thinning and prescribed burning. The chapter also considers the ecological effects of fuel-reduction treatments and mechanical thinning projects and how they differ from commercial logging.

Keywords: fire policy; Healthy Forests Initiative; fuel reduction; Healthy Forests Restoration Act; HFRA; mechanical thinning; prescribed burning; commercial logging

Chapter.  7481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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