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George Wuerthner

George Wuerthner

COMMENTARY

Bitterroot forest project proposes saving the land by ‘chainsaw medicine’

By: - May 5, 2022

Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest proposes the Bitterroot Front Project, which would encompass 144,000 acres. The Bitterroot Front Project, the agency says, will promote “forest restoration” and reduce tree mortality from disease, insects, and fires. The way to accomplish these goals is through chainsaw medicine. The agency implies fewer trees are killed by wildfire or insects in […]

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Thinning forests isn’t the issue, drought and wind speed are more critical to wildfires

By: - July 13, 2021

One frequently hears from proponents of thinning that active forest management can reduce fire intensity and thus is a beneficial policy to reduce large blazes. However, most of the scientific support for thinning is based on modeling of fuel loading, not real-life experiences. For instance, a recent letter to the editor in the Missoulian made […]