Category: General Publications
Title: Congressional Testimony at the House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health Oversight Hearing on Preventing Wildfires through Proper Management of the National Forests, August 14, 2000 in Albuquerque, NM.
Author: * Covington, W.W.
Subject: Management, Policy
Abstract: There are three points I intend to make in my testimony that will contribute to the solution. 1. We have a solid body of scientific information to begin applying ecologically based forest restoration treatments to protect people, communities, and the forests surrounding them. As we proceed we should continue to build on that knowledge through continued research, monitoring and adaptive management. 2. The solution to catastrophic wildfire must include more than the wildland/urban interface. It is unclear how large a barrier would have been needed to protect Los Alamos under the extreme conditions and power of the Cerro Grande Fire. In addition, there are economic, social and aesthetic reasons that these communities exist in the forest. Communities are inextricably linked in many ways to the forests that surround them. People live in forested areas because they love forested habitats. They dont want to live in a fire-scarred landscape. 3. There are emerging models of communities working to reduce the threat of fire while restoring the forest for its full suite of values. Their success depends on meaningful community collaboration, human and financial resources and adequate scientific support to make well informed management decisions. Congress, federal agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations must support these communities to help them achieve success.
Source: ERI Congressional Testimony
Publisher: NAU Ecological Restoration Institute, http://www.eri.nau.edu