President Donald Trump and other federal and state officials tour a mobile home and RV park on Nov. 17, 2018 in the wake of the Camp Fire.
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Forest management is not a cure-all for wildfires, although it can help reduce the chances of massive burns. Making this happen will require broad collaborative efforts and more money.
The Amazon Basin creates the rain that nourishes farmland across Brazil, one of the world’s major breadbaskets.
Brazil's president-elect wants to roll back environmental laws, saying they hurt rural growth. But preventing Amazonian deforestation has actually made farmland more productive.
A tree-killing beetle has invaded South Africa. This is what should be done.
Missing the wood for the trees.
Planting trees is a popular way for companies to clean up their image. Unfortunately, it may cause more problems than it solves.
The Zanzibar Red Colobus is endemic to Tanzania.
Tanzania faces the challenge of conserving forests in a developing country with a rapidly expanding population.
The 2016 Maple fire (photographed in July 2017) reburned young forests that had regenerated after the 1988 Yellowstone fires. More frequent high-severity fires are expected in the future as climate warms, which may change patterns of forest recovery.
Huge fires roared through Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988, scorching one-third of the park. Since then the park has been a valuable lab for studying how forests recover from fires.
A Northern Spotted Owl in Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest.
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The Trump administration wants to step up logging, saying it will benefit wildlife by reducing forest fire risks. But wildfires create habitat for threatened Spotted Owls and many other species.
Fighting wildfires with air tankers, like this one dropping fire retardant on the Willow Fire in California on September 2, 2015, is expensive and not always effective.
A perfect storm of climate, forestry, development and fire management trends are driving up the costs of fighting wildfires.
Wildland firefighters, like this crew heading into New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, in 2012, are equipped and operate differently from urban firefighters.
USFS Gila National Forest
A historian of wildfires explains the difference between urban and rural fire cultures, and what it means for protecting communities in fire-prone rural areas.
There should be caution in jumping on the “forests are always better” bandwagon.
It's important to be wary of planting trees in places where none exist, or where there are significant water constraints.
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The majestic Eucalyptus regnans stands far above its forest brethren.
The Berry Fire burns in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, August 27, 2016.
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With elevated wildfire risks forecast across much of the western US this summer, here's how travelers can track local conditions, stay out of harm's way and avoid accidentally starting fires.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
Europe loses as many trees to storms each year as Poland produces in timber. Until now, the models for predicting which trees are at risk have not been good enough.
New research shows that fire follows fire in the Australian Alps, and old-growth forests are less flammable.
Bridge built by CCC workers, Shady Lake Recreation Area, Arkansas.
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a massive relief program that paid young men to plant trees and build parks across the nation. It was money well spent.
Current protections for native forests are hopelessly out of date.
Agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments that protect native forests are based on hopelessly out-of-date information. It's a huge mistake to renew them without assessment.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that 'the trees teach me nothing' is very much still the attitude today.
Mountain ash in the Victorian Central Highlands.
How do you determine the financial benefit of cutting a tree down, versus leaving it standing? Environmental accounting offers some insight.
A fire recently tore through an Italian memorial to Mussolini made of trees.
A forest that is also a disturbing memorial to Mussolini recently burned down.