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The forest thinning debate

Forest thinning

Recently there has been a series of articles in local newspapers on the topic of forest thinning. CSFM has been very much involved in this debate. This started with a report in the Fresno Bee, in an editorial page by Tad Weber. This was reported in a scientific paper from the University of California. Too extreme? Why UC researchers propose …

Afterburn – The Creek Fire Documentary

Afterburn

This impactful documentary, produced by Jeff and Jill Aiello of Fresno, CA for PBS looks into the possible causes of the massive 2020 Creek Fire that burned 379,895 acres of Sierra National Forest and Private land. This in-depth documentary includes interviews with the first responders, United States Forest Service and Cal Fire personnel that were on the front lines as …

60 Years Ago – a memory that drives action

July 10, 1961, in a foothill area of Mariposa County called Usona, a young man started a fire. By 4 PM the next day, this small fire had turned into the fastest growing fire in California. In just 5 days this Harlow fire would consume over 43,000 acres of Mariposa and Madera Counties, destroying 104 structures and claim 2 lives. …

I cry for the mountains and the legacy lost

This is a from a post that Dave Daley made to Facebook in September 2020. It is almost midnight. We have been pushing hard for 18-20 hours every day since the Bear Fire tore through our mountain cattle range on September 8th, and there is so much swirling in my head I can’t sleep anyway. The fire destroyed our cattle …

Wildfires & Climate: Finding a Better Path Forward

Capitol Overview

Assembly Republican Wildfire Working Group Tuesday, August 31, 2021State Capitol Under unusually blue skies, Citizens for Sensible Forest Management responded to Assembly Member James Gallagher‘s invitation to talk about California’s wildfire issues. Initially, the topic was to be discussed during a legislative hearing. But, sadly canceled, and with only two weeks to go before the end of the legislative session …

Managed Forests and the Media

John Mount

An important mission of CSFM is to support political leaders, regardless of political affiliation, that promote and support sound forest management. We also are on guard for articles in the media written by reporters who appear to have a political objective but do not consider other options on forest management. A recent example was an article in the Los Angles …