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Dr. Chad Hanson, who is a forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project, and a National Director of the Sierra Club gave a talk entitled Fire in our Southwestern Forests: How can we protect our forests, our homes and ourselves? at Collected Works Bookstore on Sunday, September 23.

Dr. Hanson discussed our evolving understanding of the role of mixed-intensity fire in our forests, and the often seemingly counter-intuitive lessons that are emerging from the current science. He also discussed the importance of forest protection as climite change mitigation, and the ways that communities can safely coexist with wildland fire.

Videos of the talk are available online:

Introduction & Talk

Q & A Session

Areas of Agreement and Uncertainty - a written extract from Dr. Hanson's talk about points of agreement and uncertainty regarding forest management.

Bullet Points from Chad Hanson's Presentation

Thanks to Journey Santa Fe and Wild Earth Guardians for sponsoring the talk. It was well attended with more than 50 people in the audience.

George Wuerthner gave a talk on "Wildfire and Forest Health: Myths & Reality", on November 5, 2017 at Body of Santa Fe. You may have seen George's recent editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican:

Recognizing the Growing Threat of Wildfire

We recorded George's talk on Sunday. It is availale online in two parts:

Part 1

Part 2


01/15/2019:   Overview of Summary Judgement Brief and The Brief Itself
08/28/2018:   Press Release – Groups Seek to Halt Cutting and Burning in Wilderness Quality Forests Near Santa Fe
                       Preliminary Injunction Motion and Brief          Hitt Declaration          McCampbell Declaration
05/24/2018:   Lawsuit: Hyde Park tree-thinning plan needs more study
05/24/2018:   Hyde Park Project Lawsuit

Studies and Articles

Response to TNC on wildfires
Keep carbon in the forests
Treat homes, not forests, to reduce wildfire risk
Smokescreen: Why Prescribed Burns Won't Reduce Wildfires
Camp Fire Renews Focus On Blaze Safe Homes Over Tree Care
Forest Protection in the Trump Era
Everything You Wanted To Know About Wildland Fires
Defensible Space: The Best and Only Hope
Forest protection and higher fire severity fires
Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows
How to think about fuel reduction effectiveness
Fuel reduction does not significantly alter fire behavior
Fewer trees do not equate to fewer fires
Old Forests Cool the World
Roadless Areas and Clean Water
Adapt to more wildfire as climate changes
Fire Probability & Fuel Treatment Effectiveness
Ips Beetles and Forest Thinning Activities
Bark Beetles Might Be A Good Thing
Pine Engraver Problems Associated With Thinning


Wildfires Rarely Encounter Fuel Treatments
Acres Burned by Year 1900 to Present
200+ Scientists – Open Letter to Decision Makers Concerning Wildfires in the West
Clearing Forests May Transform Local – and Global – Climate
No Trees Means No Rain
Fire Ecology in Rocky Mountain Landscapes
Climate vs. logging in forest fire causes
Pine Beetle Suppression: Does Science Support Current Policy?
Wilderness Protection Reduces Wildfires
Arizona's 4FRI Project
The Roadless Area Conservation Rule - - 2009 Letter from over 75 Scientists to President Obama supporting the Roadless Rule


President Trump is Wrong about Wildfire Prevention
Fire in our Southwestern Forests
Keep Defending Trees, Air And Water
Using Wildfires as an Excuse to Plunder Forests
The Irreplaceable Tree
Be For The Forest
Leave La Cueva Block E alone
Ain't What You Think
Help Save Our Forest
Forest Mismanagement
One size does not fit all
Thinning and Wildlife
The Truth about Thinning

Hyde Park Pacheco Canyon Comments

Letter to James Melona, Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor regarding Southwestern white pine and slash in the Hyde Park project
DSA Letter to New Mexico Congressionals Regarding the Hyde Park Project
Lawsuit: Hyde Park tree-thinning plan needs more study
Hyde Park Project Lawsuit
Breeding Bird Survey
Audubon Hyde Park WUI Comments
SFFC Coalition Hyde Park WUI Comments
Wildearth Guardians Wild Watershed Hyde Park Pacheco Canyon
Sierra Club Hyde Park WUI Comments
TWS Scoping Letter Hyde Park Pacheco Canyon

In The News

President Trump is Wrong about Wildfire Prevention
Sarah Hyden on KSFR
Before There's Smoke – Lawsuit challenging wildfire mitigation calls for more study, public input before moving forward
Activists ask court to delay forest-thinning project
Sam Hitt and Jan Boyer on KSFR
Lawsuit: Hyde Park tree-thinning plan needs more study
Hyde Park Project Lawsuit
Dogwood Fire Started by Brush Clearing


Block E
Greater Santa Fe Fireshed

Photo Gallery

Photos of cleared and burned areas of the Santa Fe Watershed, Hyde Park, La Cueva, Jemez and Gallinas forests
Forest Service PR
Illegal Logging During Thinning
Stop Thinning Website
Thinned Forest 1
Thinned Forest 2
Thinned Forest 3
Thinned Forest 4
Thinned Forest FR263


City of Santa Fe WUI: Wildland Fire Hazard and Risk Analysis
Sierra Club v. Bosworth
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