Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Forest Resiliency & SPLATs Research at Sagehen.

Forest Resiliency & SPLATs Research at Sagehen. from F. Felix on Vimeo.


This video is Sagehen Summer Speaker Series #21. Professor John Battles discusses how we can convert our precious western national forests from torchy, mismanaged tree farms, back into resilient, naturally-functioning ecosystems using Strategically Placed Area Treatments [SPLATs].

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You can read Nicole Vaillant's recently completed Ph.D. thesis on SPLATs here.

This study includes a fire history for Sagehen Basin that indicates that the fire return interval in the basin was just a bit over 2-years prior to the logging era. It increased to over 20-years after logging began, which would explain these massive, hot & destructive forest fires we've been having in the West lately.

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