Dig Deeper

Over the past couple of months I’ve been immersed in researching and writing a piece on indigenous burning practices, particularly in California. My mind is blown! I’ve long kept tabs on the Northern California Prescribed Fire council, which is a very interesting consortium of fire ecologists, state and federal agencies, tribal members and all sorts of people who are trying to get “controlled burning” back on the landscape here. Right now, because of the drought, every day is a wildfire alert day, so no burning allowed anywhere. At the same time, not burning the buildup of duff and debris in our forests is adding tinder to any eventual spark, and the resulting inevitable fire is going to

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