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Using Fire to Increase The Scale, Benefits, and Pace of Forest Management 

Presenter:  Malcolm North, US Forest Service PSW Research Station and UC Davis.               

Description: The current pace and scale of fuels treatment is a fraction of whats  needed to effectively reduce fire hazard in California.  With the Forest  Service implementing a new planning rule and starting to revise plans  for the 155 National Forests, new strategies need to be considered for  fundamentally changing current approaches to fire.  This talk suggests  making much wider use of managed fire, discusses current obstacles to  its use and examines some possible remedies.