How Fires--Even Big Ones--Help Forests
Fire season has already begun, with the usual discussions of which fires are burning where, and how big.
Scientist Dominick DellaSala of the GEOS Institute is less concerned with individual fires than with the overall approach to wildfire.
We know fire is a normal part of life processes in any forest.
But it may be that even the more intense fires--the ones often labeled "catastrophic"--are natural and necessary.
Dominick DellaSala and Chad Hanson of the John Muir Project are co-editors of a book on the importance of mixed-severity fires.
They visits with his thinking on the subject.