Forestry Friday … Protecting a King Sized Salvage Job!

The King Fire devastated almost 98,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada, east of Sacramento. Our company lost 18,000 acres of forest. Lately, I’ve had opportunity to spend time in the burn area. There is a lot of work being done by our foresters, biologists, botanists, and others to protect the resources so the timber can be quickly salvaged in an environmentally sensible manner. Most people never get to see what is done to protect the soil, water, cultural resources, and wildlife. In the gallery are images of just some of the work being done.

There is a lot of preparation that has to be done prior to logging. It has taken a large team of resource professionals to get the job done on a project this size.

Just for children a picture book about wildfire and the forest rehabilitation that takes place after a fire. Check out, Firestorm In the Forest.

11 thoughts on “Forestry Friday … Protecting a King Sized Salvage Job!

  1. Tim,
    We, your followers, are privileged to view educational photos that most people will never see. Have you considered creating a documentary using your photos? Can this photo gallery and others you’ve created be used in training workshops for fellow foresters? I just love what you share with us! Can you tell that? Thank you!

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    • Linda, you are the best. I really appreciate your appreciation! I have never considered a documentary and I would even know where to begin. It’s a little out of my wheel house, but it’s a great idea. Fortunately, we foresters actually get a lot of opportunity for training. I’m afraid my posts are a bit too simplistic for that audience. Although, I have done a number of professional presentations over the years, but that’s not my normal gig.

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  2. Thanks for your photo essay, it’s interesting to see how you handle the post fire process. Much is familiar following the devastating fires in our area in 2003 which burnt through both natural bushland and many plantations around our city. The one thing I wasn’t aware of was the road rocking, from what I can see a great idea. I don’t know if that was implemented here, but then quite sensibly, the public wasn’t allowed in the burnt out areas for months afterwards. Thank you for your ongoing education for non-foresters.

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    • I would love to come down and see how your foresters handle the same issues. I know you have the same kind of fire seasons that we do, only during different times of the year. While many practices are good no matter where you are, other practices that work in one part of the world don’t always work in another. Every forest has it’s unique traits and has to be managed accordingly.

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  3. I always heard that if fires had been allowed to do what they do naturally over the years (instead of being “prevented”) the underbrush wouldn’t be so thick and the tall trees could survive fairly easily because there was not much underneath them to burn. True or false?

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    • True Ali! That is how it used to be. Most of the western forests had repeated fires on about a 12 years cycle. This kept the forests open with large trees and light fuels on the ground. Fire suppression over the last 100 years has caused the forests to become very over grown. This has contributed to the enormous fires we are seeing today. This is a simple explanation for a complex problem. Today, fire can’t be easily reintroduced into the forests because of the forest densities and also because of the number of houses that have been built in many of the forested areas. Logging by biomass thinning is one way to reduce the fuels and is often used before reintroducing fire.

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