Returning to a Natural Cycle of Wildfire

fires for fuelsFor thousands of years, wildfires were part of a natural cycle in Northern California that helped regenerate forests and ensure vibrant ecosystems.

But, ill-conceived fire management techniques implemented by the U.S. Forest Service beginning in the early 20th century disrupted that natural cycle. As the Forest Service continued to focus on wildfire suppression at all costs, the forests of Northern California suffered. The results are clear—a longer and more intense wildfire season, a drain on the state’s budget and a natural system thrown out of balance.

EPIC is encouraging a different plan of action.

We are working to incorporate the traditional ecological knowledge of the region’s Indian people with a new scientific approach to wildfire management. Prescribed burning, selective thinning and similar measures are tools that can begin changing the way state agencies think about wildfire and return our region to a natural fire cycle.

As a society, we must understand that fire is an essential element in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

People continue to move deeper and deeper into Northern California’s forests and balancing the needs of private land owners with effective wildfire management techniques is not easy. However, working with state agencies, local fire safe councils, regional Indian tribes, and other community members, we look to form a holistic approach to wildfire management that addresses the needs of the land and the people who call it home.

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