Magazine article American Forests

Wildfire on Tour

Magazine article American Forests

Wildfire on Tour

Article excerpt

Showing the vital link between healthy forests and healthy communities was the goal of AMERICAN FORESTS' recent two-day media field tour in Colorado's San Juan National Forest. The tour, attended by a handful of reporters from around the country, drew upon the significant advances being made to restore forests in ways that will help prevent damaging wildfires.

AMERICAN FORESTS worked with several of its regional and national partners to conduct the tour.

More and more western communities surrounded by forests are responding to the threat of destructive wildfire with a wide range of economic and policy changes. These changes advance creative approaches that improve forest health, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat while reducing the risk of destructive wildfire and addressing the needs of rural communities.

For decades, wildfires have continued to increase in size and intensity due to factors including grazing, logging, and excluding wildfire from the forest ecosystem. Community leaders and foresters are creating a workforce that can restore the land to a healthier condition. …

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