Fire – Nature’s Housekeeper

Fire – Nature’s Housekeeper

The earliest European settlers to North America recorded indigenous peoples’ use of fire for clearing land, hunting and gathering activities, and in warfare. However, post-Columbus settlers did not understand fire as a natural process, and sought to suppress...
The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network

The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network

The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network (SBR FLN) will hold their annual meeting in Hiawassee on May 16th thru 18th.  The SBR FLN is a gathering of natural resource managers who are dedicated to bringing fire back into our mountain environment. Fire is...
Smokey’s Tips for Safe Debris Burning

Smokey’s Tips for Safe Debris Burning

Spring is the time for us to emerge from our winter hibernation and start cleaning our yards to get rid of all the debris, leaves, limbs, and pine straw that has collected since last fall. The usual method to do this is to pile it in the yard, light a match and watch...
How Some Trees Can Defend Themselves Against Fire

How Some Trees Can Defend Themselves Against Fire

These days wildfire flames consume many of the earth’s forests more frequently than ever before. Now, a study from Princeton University suggests that trees in traditionally fire-prone areas have a competitive edge for survival: thicker bark, which helps shield their...
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Recently, I spent 6 days at the FEMA National Fire Academy in Maryland in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) class, (I graduated!). A CWPP is a written plan or road map that a community uses to prepare for wildfires that require local resources to protect the...