Jess and Sammi;
I guess the very best thing we can all do is lead by example, as Sammi is obviously doing, and as Jessâ€™ father did. My SO and I are currently spending every spare moment clearing a defensible space around our place (which as far as we can tell hasnâ€™t been touched since 1966). We actually made almost two cords of firewood OUT OF THE BACK YARD. Weâ€™re also delivering little â€˜treat loadsâ€™ of oak (for barbeque) and cedar (for nice evenings by the fire) to people we like. Of course, the enthusiasm got a little out of control, and I have no idea what happened to that power pole, but you canâ€™t make an omelet without breaking eggs, right? All I have to say is that I wasnâ€™t the one with the chainsaw right then.
You know, Iâ€™ve seen a really great poster (yellowed and tacked to a firehouse wall) showing the effects of fire suppression on a fire-adapted ecosystem, between 1905 and 1989. it showed a healthy pondo stand, which was then cut and regrew without fireâ€¦the change is truly dramatic. Has anybody else seen it? Does anybody know where I could get a copy?
Nerd on the Fireline (p.s. Jess, arenâ€™t you expecting a new micro-firefighter any time now? Howâ€™s that going?)
Nerd on the Fireline