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Now more than ever, it is time to support active forest management in Idaho

Catastrophic wildfire is driven by the amount of available dry fuel. Drought makes things worse.  A large percentage of Idaho’s forest are at dangerously high risk of severe fire because of dense and overcrowded conditions and dead and dying trees.  At-risk forests burn more intensely and are more likely to destroy existing wildlife habitat, threaten homes and watersheds, damage soils and emit large amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. 

By the beginning of August this year, there were nearly 100 large fires that had burned about 2 million acres in 12 states. The fire season in the US starts earlier and lasts longer than ever before.  Of the 97 fires, 21 were burning in Idaho. Only Montana has more fires burning.  

What is active forest management?

Thin The Threat_thinned forest in north IdahoThere are three main methods of active forest management: thinning, harvesting  and prescribed burning.  Click here to learn more about active management and what can be done about threats to our forests. 

Photo left: Example of a thinned forest in north Idaho