A Healthy Burn

For a healthy forest to remain healthy – for it to survive – it has to burn. That’s not conjecture, it’s science. A forest has to burn frequently enough to clear out the understory – the pine needles, dry grasses, and smaller trees – that when left unmanaged can turn a necessary cycle of periodicContinue reading “A Healthy Burn”

How to Change an Organization

In The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King the character Pippin, who is one of a ‘band of brothers’ on a quest to save Middle Earth, lights a beacon (a large and strategically placed bonfire) that begins a ripple effect of many more such lightings. From mountain peak to mountain peak, the fires are lit,Continue reading “How to Change an Organization”

It’s Still Burning (until it’s not)

I share my home with a few very capable Girl Scouts. One thing they know, that seems so easy to forget, is that a fire is still a fire until it is completely out. I think it’s the human condition to “put the fire out” quickly using immediate but insufficient measures. We pour some water on it,Continue reading “It’s Still Burning (until it’s not)”

The Gathering Darkness

‘When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor,Continue reading “The Gathering Darkness”

The Fire That Saves

“100 Million Dead Trees Prompt Fears of Giant Wildfires” is the headline of an article in today’s New York Times that examines how interrupting the forest’s natural state – its inherent ability to “use” fire to its advantage – has created the potential for unsurpassed devastation: Mark A. Finney, an expert in fire behavior for the U.S. ForestContinue reading “The Fire That Saves”