Evergreen PresentsFORESTRY 101

Welcome to “Forestry 101,” an ongoing series of essays and articles designed to help you better understand the art and science of forestry. We begin in western forests, which have been with us since the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago. In the coming months, we will migrate to the Great Lakes Region, the Northeast, the Southeast and the Southwest.

Over the last 30 years, it has been our privilege to forge relationships with many of the nation’s leading forest scientists. As a practice, forestry embraces many sciences: botany, biology, hydrology, silviculture, ecology, fire science, silviculture, wildlife, dendrology, geology, economics, engineering and wood science. Forestry 101 is your opportunity to learn from these experts as they translate complex forest science into plain English.

Forestry 101 will consist of many “courses”, each of which are comprised of a series of essays about a topic related to forestry. Our goal with Forestry 101 is to help you better understand how the forest sciences are applied in the actual management of timber – a natural resource without which life itself would be impossible.

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Editor's DeskForestry 101

Felt Necessities: Engines of Forest Policy, No. 11

The Forest Service’s boots-on-the-ground ranks have been decimated over the last 15 years. Lots of new people will need to be hired and trained. It will take at least a decade to restore the skill sets needed to do the necessary forest restoration work at the required pace and scale. Fire ecologists I know tell me we have a 30-year window before wildfire takes what we have not treated. If we accept 90 million acres restored as our 30-year target, we need to thin three million acres annually.

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