More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years
April 17, 2014
American Geophysical Union
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year — an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.
Wildfire Information and Preparedness Meeting for Apache County Residents April 29
Release Date: Apr 18, 2014
Contact(s): Liza Simmons 928-333-4301
Springerville, AZ; April 11, 2014—Local fire departments, the U.S Forest Service, Emergency Preparedness, Public Health, ADEQ and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program will present wildfire information and preparedness at the Eagar Town Hall on April 29, 2014 at 6 pm.
The main focus of the evening is the new Ready, Set, Go program, a tool to educate individuals on preparedness, situational awareness and safety. Developed as a three step process through a nation-wide discussion about how to protect homes and lives in the Wildland-Urban Interface, the Ready Set Go program helps increase your knowledge and ability to act safely during an emergency situation.
Other topics to be discussed include expected spring and summer weather conditions, fire season, fire restrictions, red flag warnings, and the Northeastern Arizona Public Information System. Managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grants Program will be discussing the benefits of the program and how to get signed up.
For current fire information, restrictions and red flag warnings visit www.311info.net, www.noaa.gov, www.fs.usda.gov/asnf and www.firerestrictions.us. You can also dial 311 or (928) 333-3412.
Follow the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests on Twitter (@A_SNFs) for instant updates on fire restrictions, red flag warnings, prescribed fire and wildland fire.
Walk for the Woods in Pinetop-Lakeside will be held on National Trails Day, June 7. It’s a benefit for the White Mountain Nature Center and for Save Our Park, both non-profits. It will be held at the Nature Center off of Woodland Road and registration for the walks begins at 7:30 am. At 8:00 there is a walk to Woodland Lake, at 8:30 a walk to Walnut Creek, and at 9:00 a short nature walk. Registration is $25 (tax-deductible) and includes the walk, a t-shirt, and lunch and music.
This Forest Service expert says it’s as much a sociopolitical problem as it is physical.
Each year, wildfires claim hundreds of homes throughout the West in what’s known as the wildland-urban interface. This issue roars into the national spotlight every summer as footage of engulfed subdivisions flickers on TVs across the country. National fire suppression budgets reach into the billions of dollars every year, much of that cost associated with protecting homes and structures. But are we approaching the problem from the right angle?
Jack Cohen is a research physical fire scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, based at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. With four decades of experience, he is a preeminent expert on wildfire and home ignitions, and a founder of the Firewise Communities recognition program, a project of the National Fire Protection Association that helps homeowners protect their property against wildfire.
Years of study have convinced Cohen that the loss of homes to wildfire is as much a sociopolitical problem as it is a physical, on-the-ground problem. Agencies and the public alike approach the issue as a question of fire suppression and control. Cohen, on the other hand, believes that fire is here to stay, and that proper mitigation, awareness and planning can make living with fire a whole lot easier – and safer. HCN contributor Melissa Mylchreest recently spoke with Cohen. Read more
The Alpine Alliance and the White Mountain Conservation League (WMCL) are having a meeting with Eric Flood – Recreation Coordinator for the Alpine District of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests regarding the Williams Valley Non-Motorized Area.
WHEN: April 10, Thursday @ 1:00 PM
WHERE: Alpine Ranger Station
PURPOSE: To discuss the trails and winter access for the Williams Valley Non-Motorized Area.
The meeting will be followed by an onsite discussion at Williams Valley at about 2:30 PM.
Call Dick Jennings from the Alpine Alliance @ 928-339-4252 with questions.
New Meat Campaign — Take Extinction Off Your Plate
Meat production comes at a steep price to endangered species and the environment, whether it's through deforestation, climate change, habitat destruction, drought or the direct killing of keystone carnivores like wolves.
So this week the Center for Biological Diversity launched a groundbreaking new campaign urging Americans to "take extinction off their plates." Eating less meat is one of the best ways you can reduce your environmental footprint. Cutting just one-third of the meat from your diet can save as much as 340,667 gallons of water, more than 4,000 square feet of land, and the greenhouse gas equivalent of driving 2,700 fewer miles a year.
"Many people don't realize the devastating toll meat production has on wildlife and the planet," said Stephanie Feldstein, our population and sustainability director.
Learn more at our brand-new website, share this awesome infographic ("Meatstinction!"), and take our pledge to eat less meat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to remove the gray wolf, Canis lupus, from the list of endangered and threatened species suffered what should have been a fatal review in January when a scientific panel convened by the USFWS itself unanimously concluded that the agency had not relied on the “best available science” in writing the rule.
Failure to do so violates USFWS’s own guidelines for determining whether to list (or de-list) a species.
Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ ‘Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging’
March 19, 2014
(AP Photo/Anja Schlein)
In a rare move, the world’s largest scientific society released a report nudging the public to wake up to the scientifically sound and increasingly frightening reality of climate change.
“As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do or must believe about the rising threat of climate change,” the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) wrote in the introduction to its new report, “What We Know.” “But we consider it to be our responsibility as professionals to ensure, to the best of our ability, that people understand what we know: human-caused climate change is happening, we face risks of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes and responding now will lower the risk and cost of taking action.”