In the news: Thompson, Boisramé & Fire Management

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PhD student Gabrielle Boisramé and Professor Sally Thompson have co-authored a study that shows that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire—with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.

After a three-year, on-the-ground assessment of Yosemite’s Illilouette Creek basin, Berkeley researchers concluded that a strategy dating to 1973 of managing wildfires with minimal suppression and almost no preemptive, so-called prescribed burns has created a landscape more resistant to catastrophic fire, with more diverse vegetation and forest structure and increased water storage, mostly in the form of meadows in areas cleared by fires.

This “wildfire management” strategy is counter to the federal government’s 110-year-old Smokey Bear policy, which emphasizes suppressing fires wherever they occur for fear they will get out of control.

Period24 Oct 2016

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  • TitleIn the news: Thompson, Boisramé & Fire Management
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date24/10/16
    DescriptionPhD student Gabrielle Boisramé and Professor Sally Thompson have co-authored a study that shows that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire—with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.

    After a three-year, on-the-ground assessment of Yosemite’s Illilouette Creek basin, Berkeley researchers concluded that a strategy dating to 1973 of managing wildfires with minimal suppression and almost no preemptive, so-called prescribed burns has created a landscape more resistant to catastrophic fire, with more diverse vegetation and forest structure and increased water storage, mostly in the form of meadows in areas cleared by fires.

    This “wildfire management” strategy is counter to the federal government’s 110-year-old Smokey Bear policy, which emphasizes suppressing fires wherever they occur for fear they will get out of control.
    Producer/AuthorCollege of Engineering UC Berkeley
    URLhttps://ce.berkeley.edu/news/1706
    PersonsSally Thompson, Gabrielle Boisrame