As wildfires get bigger and more costly, federal policies aren’t helping.
If legislators provide an implicit blank check for fighting fires, they risk spurring more development in fire-prone areas.
Hannah Downey, Holly Fretwell
The question of how to manage wildfires is a hot one as fire can be both constructive and destructive.
In “Walk Into Wildfire," artists Ethan Turpin and Jonathan PJ Smith arranged life-sized recordings from U.S. Forest Service research cameras to give an otherwise unsurvivable point-of-view.
VIDEO: See time the way nature does. Enviroprener Dave Wager makes tree ring watches and pens, which tell the stories of trees and the forests he restores.
AUDIO: Are western wildfires larger and more frequent? What's the difference between wildfire prevention and suppression? Dean Lueck talks to John Batchelor about the evolution of wildfire policy.
Sarah Anderson, Dave Calkin, Dean Lueck, Jonathan Yoder
AUDIO: In July 2016, PERC assembled a panel of experts for a public event and podcast series dedicated to examining the politics and economics of wildland fire management. Listen to the podcast series.
AUDIO: How do public land managers assess wildfire risk? At PERC's 2016 Wildfire Solutions Summit, Dave Calkin, a wildfire economist and research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, discussed challenges faced by the fire management community and offered ideas for navigating budgetary constraints...
Dean Lueck, Jonathan Yoder
AUDIO: What are the economics of wildfire? What policy reforms would foster more efficient fire management? At PERC's 2016 Wildfire Solution Summit, authors Dean Lueck and Jon Yoder share the findings from their policy report Clearing the Smoke from Wildfire Policy: An Economic Perspective.
AUDIO: Fire is an important tool for managing landscapes. How can landowners mitigate wildfire risk and foster rangeland health? At PERC's 2016 Wildfire Solution Summit, the Noble Foundation's Chad Ellis shares best practices for prescribed burns.