Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wildfire policies aired in Redding

I've just returned from an all-day symposium being held at the McConnell Foundation, where officials from the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, Cal Fire and other agencies were engaged in a lengthy and lively discussion of the government's sometimes controversial management decisions during wildfires. Officials mostly gave a spirited defense of the use of fire to promote forests' long-term health, even as residents in nearby communities complain about the smoke.

In the photos, retired Forest Service official Jay Perkins gives some opening remarks; and (from left) the USFS' Carl Skinner, UC-Davis' Malcolm North and the USFS' Jay Miller hold a panel discussion.

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