Like many of you, my academic/professional interest in ecology is intertwined with my upbringing and appreciation for the natural world. Continue reading
By Kristen Pelz
The intense wildfire season has put a spotlight on fire ecology and forest management in the general media. There has been a lot of talk about active forest management and its potential to reduce property losses due to catastrophic fire. Many western forests have had an “unnatural” buildup of fuels following a century of active fire suppression. As a forest ecologist, it is great to see widespread enthusiasm for restoration of these forest’s structure and function. Continue reading
As I write this post, 9 wildfires are ablaze in the state in varying degrees of containment and control, and that number is far from static. Each lightning storm brings a wave of fire outbreaks and a fear that any strike could result in devastation. Continue reading
Check out the latest guest blog post by two of our ecologists, Sarah Bisbing and Kristen Pelz. Sarah and Kristen teamed up with the editors at NREL’s EcoPress blog to compose an article on forest species’ adaptations to wildfire.